A promising new open-source metabolic modeling tool provides microbiome researchers a path forward in predicting ecosystem function from community structure. News of the software package, called MICOM, was developed in part by researchers in ISB’s Gibbons Lab, and its uses were published in the journal mSystems.
Predicting the alpha diversity of an individual’s gut microbiome is possible by examining metabolites in the blood. The robust relationship between host metabolome and gut microbiome diversity opens the door for a fast, cheap and reliable blood test to identify individuals with low gut diversity.
The human microbiome is a relatively new area of research, and there are numerous questions surrounding it. What is the human microbiome? Can we change it? Does it make us sick? Keep us well? ISB Assistant Professor and microbiome researcher Dr. Sean Gibbons answers these questions — and many more.
Christian Diener will join the Institute for Systems Biology as the Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gibbons Lab. Christian is a computational biologist who has worked extensively on yeast systems biology and has recently moved into studying the human microbiome. He completed his PhD in systems biology at the Max Plank Institute for Molecular Genetics and is currently working at the National Institute for Genome Medicine in…