As a part of our microbiome research interview series, we spoke with Dr. Nicolette Zhou who is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Environmental and Occupational Health Microbiology Lab, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Dr. Zhou received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and in collaboration with the Nielsen Lab at Aalborg University focused on enhanced biological trace organic contaminant removal (EBTCR) during wastewater treatment. We interviewed Dr. Zhou to discuss her research, her typical day in the lab and her hobbies.

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As a part of our Microbiome research interview series, we spoke with Dr. Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Arrieta lab, departments of Physiology & Pharmacology, and Pediatrics at the University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Laforest-Lapointe received her Ph.D. from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada. Her research interests include microbial ecology, from host-microbe interactions to ecosystem dynamics. She is a recipient of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Excellence Award and Cumming School of Medicine Postdoctoral Scholarship. We interviewed Dr. Laforest-Lapointe, to discuss her research, her typical day in the lab and her hobbies.

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Microbiome Awards Video

2/6/2018 3:13 PM

 

Meet Dr. Michael Montague, winner of the $65,000 2017 Microbiome Award to study the brain-gut network in free-ranging macaques. Watch the video

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As a part of our microbiome interview series, we spoke with Dr. Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez, Scientist and Team Leader Microbiome at the Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship (ILSE), in New Jersey. Dr. Santiago-Rodriguez received her Ph.D. from the University of Puerto, Rio Piedras. Later, she did her postdoctoral research at University of California, San Diego and California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests include modern and ancient human microbiomes, viromes and resistomes in association with health and disease. We interviewed Dr. Santiago-Rodriguez to discuss her current research and future plans.

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in women worldwide. Breast cancer research has gained worldwide attention and novel approaches have been proposed to combat the disease. This has largely been made possible by generous funding support for breast cancer research and awareness from numerous national and international organizations which has led to improved breast cancer screening, diagnosis and advances in treatment. 

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As a part of our Microbiome Awards winners interview series, we spoke with Dr. Michael Montague, a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Platt, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Montague received his Ph.D. from New York University. His project aims to study the brain-gut network in free-range macaques to understand the effects of social integration on microbial diversity and serotonin synthesis. He is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Microbiome Awards. We interviewed Dr. Montague to discuss his current research and future plans.

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As a part of our Microbiome Awards winners interview series, we spoke with Dr. Andrea M. Tarnecki, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Tarnecki received her Ph.D. from Auburn University, and her research interests include probiotics for use in aquaculture and deciphering beneficial host-microbe interactions. She is a recipient of the 2016 Microbiome Award. 

 

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Christopher Stewart is a Postdoctoral Associate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his Ph.D. at Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne in 2014 and later moved to the United States for a postdoctoral fellowship. His research interests include the diversity and ecology of microbial communities and host responses in clinical samples and determining the microbial-host interaction in health and disease. He was one of the winners of the 2015 Microbiome Awards. We interviewed Dr. Stewart to discuss characterization of the microbiome of neonates and infants in relation to health and disease.

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Microbiomes, localized communities of microorganisms that exist symbiotically with their immediate environment, can be found virtually anywhere; inside the human colon, around plant roots, inside coral reefs and even within ant colonies. These little microbial microcosms are a hot topic right now. Recent studies have implicated their role in the wellbeing of people, animals, plants and entire oceans (1–3). 

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As part of our research on the best practices for soil microbial DNA extraction, we collected a wide variety of samples for product development. Therefore, when we were developing the protocols for the PowerLyzer 24 Homogenizer, we developed a protocol that is applicable for the majority of the samples tested. 

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In a recent study, Willmann and colleagues investigated the impact of ciprofloxacin treatment on the intestinal microbiome. Antimicrobial treatments are known to upset the structure of the intestinal microbiome. Taxonomic profiling can reveal the severity and long term effects of antibiotic treatments on the gut community.

 

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QIAGEN receives so many questions about DNA and RNA isolation from stool! One of the most frequently asked questions is how to store fecal samples for shipping and for further processing. 

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Cleaning up dirty DNA

3/13/2017 1:23 PM

 

QIAGEN is cleaning up… DNA and RNA that is. With the addition of the DNeasy and RNeasy PowerClean Pro Cleanup Kits to our portfolio, we thought it would be a great time to discuss how cleanup kits work and when it is appropriate to use one. 

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Gut homeostasis is regulated by complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors and the host’s immune system. When this homeostasis is disrupted, gut inflammation ensues. Microbial imbalance, also known as dysbiosis, plays a critical role in intestinal pathology; however, previous studies have only focused on commensal bacteria despite metagenomic studies showing that a variety of resident viruses also inhabit the healthy gut.

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