We are interested in the co-evolution of humans with their microbiomes

We do basic science related to the evolutionary history of gut microbes and how they have adapted to life inside humans.

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We are very happy to announce that Professor Ruth Ley is now an elected EMBO Member! Ruth joins a league of more than 1800 researchers around the...

It is our great pleasure to report that Zach Henseler graduated on the weekend with his PhD! Zach and Ruth attended the Commencement Ceremony at...

Congratulations to Ley Lab Group Leader, Nicholas Youngblut, and Postdoc William Walters, who saw their research on the vertebrate microbiome publishe...

Selected Publications

Johnson E. L., Heaver S. L., Waters J. L., Kim B. I., Bretin A., Goodman A. L., Gewirtz A. T., Worgall, T. S. and R. E. Ley. Sphingolipid production by gut Bacteroidetes regulates glucose homeostasis. bioRxiv 632877; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/632877 (2019)

Poole A. C., Goodrich J. K., Youngblut N. D., Luque G. G., Ruaud A., Sutter J. L., Waters J. L., Shi Q., El-Hadidi M., Johnson L. M., Bar H. Y., Huson D. H., Booth J. G. and R. E. Ley : Human salivary amylase gene copy number impacts oral and gut microbiomes. Cell Host & Microbe 25: 553-564 (2019).

Moreno-Gallego J. L., Chou S. P., Di Rienzi S. C., Goodrich J. K., Spector T., Bell J. T., Youngblut N., Hewson I., Reyes A. and R. E. Ley : Virome diversity correlates with intestinal microbiome diversity in adult monozygotic twins. Cell Host & Microbe 25: 261-272. (2019).

Walters W. A., Jin Z., Youngblut N., Wallace J. G., Sutter J., Zhang W., González-Peña A., Peiffer J., Koren  O., Shi  Q., Rob Knight, Glavina del Rio T., Tringe S. G., Buckler E. S., Dangl J. L., and R. E. Ley Large-scale replicated field study of maize rhizosphere identifies heritable microbes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA pii: 201800918 (2018).

Goodrich, J. K., E. R. Davenport, J. L. Waters, A. G. Clark and R. E. Ley. Cross-species comparisons of host genetic associations with the microbiome. Science 352: 532-535. (2016).

Goodrich, J. K.,  J. L. Waters, A. C. Poole, J. L. Sutter, O. Koren, R. Blekhman, M. Beaumont, W. Van Treuren, R. Knight, J. T. Bell, T. D. Spector, A. G. Clark and R. E. Ley. Human genetics shape the gut microbiome. Cell 159: 789-799. (2014).

Cullender T. C., Chassaing B., Janzon A., Kumar K., Muller C., Werner J. J., Angenent L. T., Bell M. E., Hay A. G., Peterson D. A., Walter J., Vijay-Kumar M., Gewirtz A. T. and R. E. Ley. Innate and adaptive immunity interact to quench microbiome flagellar motility in the gut. Cell Host Microbe 14: 571-581. (2013).

Di Rienzi S. C., Sharon I., Wrighton K. C., Koren O., Hug L. A., Thomas B. C., Goodrich J. K., Bell J. T., Spector T. D., Banfield J. F. and R. E. Ley. The human gut and groundwater harbor non-photosynthetic bacteria belonging to a new candidate phylum sibling to Cyanobacteria. eLife 2:e01102. (2013).