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We are proud to annouce the two latest preprints from the Ley Lab, this time courtesy of the bioinformatics arm of the lab, which created two tools...

The Mey Generalbau Triathlon recently coursed through the heart of Tübingen drawing thousands of participants from near and far. The Ley and Angenent...

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...

Our new preprint was released today on bioRxiv! Interactions between the gut microbiome and mucosal immunoglobulins A, M and G in the developing...

Our paper on age- and sex-dependent microbial diversity is out! Titled Age- and Sex-Dependent Patterns of Gut Microbial Diversity in Human Adults,...

Congratulations to Stacey Heaver who won a Travel Award for her “Poster Flash-Talk” at the recent FEBS Sphingolipid Biology conference in Cascais,...

Our recent Cell Host & Microbe paper, relating human salivary amylase (AMY1) gene copy number to microbiome diversity, is being featured across the...

The last issue of Cell Host and Microbe is dedicated to phages and includes our study on viruses in the human gut. This paper shows how we examined...

Curious about your gut microbiome and how you digest lactose? We’re looking for hundreds more mothers to participate at our partnering Institute of...

Leonardo Moreno -a PhD student from our lab- and colleagues have recently published on BioRxiv a research article on the relationship between...

We enjoyed a nice Xmas party organized by our colleagues. We also played the funny German version of secret Santa as well as having a superb dinner,...

Dr. Nicholas Youngblut, a project leader in our lab, has recently published on BioRxiv a research article on how host diet and evolutionary history...

Yesterday, Jessica Summers, a PhD student from our lab, earned the second place in the Best Oral Presentations of the 2018 Joint PhD Student Symposium...

This afternoon, Albane Ruaud, a PhD student from our lab, has been awarded with the prize to the Best Short Talk of the 2018 Joint PhD Student...

Dr. Victor Schmidt, a postdoc in our lab, is bringing a talk microbiome-mediated lactose tolerance across ethnicities in the International Conference...

Many people from all the institute joined us to celebrate our great inauguration event.

We want to share some pics from our inauguration party. At first, we present a graphical summary on the delicious snacks and desserts that resemble...

Yesterday's afternoon we had the "official" inauguration of our research activities for all the Max Planck Institute community. A lot of great...

Last week, as the 2018 World Cup was in its last leg, the MPI Campus Soccer Tournament took place. A team from members of the Ley Lab competed, and...

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, a former postdoct in the Ley Lab, is starting a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nutritional...

We would like to welcome the new post-docs that have joined our lab this semester. They are:

  • Dr. James Marsh, working on bacterial sphingolipids in...

It is a great pleasure for us to welcome Prof. Kina Thackray and Profs. Scott Kelley, from UC San Diego and San Diego State University, respectively,...

Last June Dr. Victor Schmidt and Liam Fitzstevens successfully completed a sampling expedition in Vietnam, carried out in collaboration with the...

A new research article from Dr. Angela C. Pole and collaborators from our lab entitled "Human salivary amylase gene copy number impacts oral and gut...

We are proud to announce the publication of our most recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Dr. Tony Walters and...

Last week, Ruth Ley received the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2018. The prestigious award -shared with Prof. Marco Prinz from the University Hospital...

Ruth Ley was recently featured in the BBC documentary The Second Genome, where she talked about the role of the microbiome in human health. The Second...

It was a great pleasure for us to host Prof. Dominic Campopiano, from the School of Chemistry of the University of Edinburgh. He and his group have...

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Ruth Ley and Stacey Heaver presented work on sphingolipids in host-microbiome interactions at the Keystone...

to Stacey Heaver and Elizabeth Johnson for the publication of their review "Sphingolipids in host-microbiobial interactions".

Victor celebrating with the MPI/CERMEL field team and some study participants after a successful day near Waka National Park, Gabon.

2017 was an exciting year for the new department. We grew a lot! This year we welcomed:

Selma Atan, Hagay Enav, Liam Fitzstevens, Claudia Frick,...

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We are very proud to announce that former Ley Lab post-doc Angela Poole started her new position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Nutritional...

The Tübingen IMPRS is now accepting applications – this is one way to obtain a PhD via the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Students...

This month we are excited to welcome two new post-docs: Carolin Kolmeder and Victor Schmidt have joined our new group in Tübingen.

Congratulations to Lars Angenent: 2017 Humboldt Professor at the University of Tübingen! Now that’s a 2-body solution!!

http://www.humboldt-professur...

Our review of the links between host genetics and the microbiome is out in Science:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6285/532

 Ley Lab to become Department of Microbiome Science at MPI Tubingen @RuthLeyMicro

Ruth E. Ley, PhD, to become new director at the MPI for Developmental Biology bit.ly/1PvVNQi via @maxplanckpress @RuthLeyMicro

We are excited to welcome two new PhD students this Fall. Jess Sutter is a lab veteran who will be investigating the beneficial aspects of specific...

Cornell Fine Arts & Microbiome Art Show!! Opening Reception at The Ink Shop

Friday, September 4, 5-8pm | September 4 – September 29, 2015

Most of Ley Lab! Spring 2015.

Congratulations to Julia Goodrich for winning a 2015 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award!! She and the other awardees will participate in the...

Congratulations to Angela Poole for winning a spot at the University of Michigan’s Early Career Scientist Symposium, March 28th in Ann Arbor,...

This paper now in Press at Nature! Another reason to stop eating junk food:

Chassaing, B., O. Koren, J. Goodrich, A. Poole, S. Srinivasan, R. E. Ley...

Now published in Cell- check it out!

Congratulations to Julia, to Jill, and to the rest of the team!

Check out Omry Koren’s pregnancy microbiome study (Cell, 2010) cited in Ed Yong’s piece in the New York Times:

The Ley Lab won two awards at the meeting of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) in Seoul, South Korea, in July. Ruth Ley won the...

Julia Goodrich’s landmark study of the gut microbiomes of twins will be published in Cell in early November. This paper includes a heritability ...

We are very excited to have Tony Walters join us for a post-doctoral position. Tony got his Ph.D. with Rob Knight at the University of Colorado at...

Ley Lab Members @ASM Beneficial Microbes: From left to right – Angela Poole, Zach Henseler, Shao-Pei Chou, Ruth Ley, Liz Johnson, Jill Waters and...

Congratulations to our graduates!

This Fall we are welcoming Dr. Jill Waters to our lab as a new post-doc. Jill obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where she worked...

We have many things to celebrate of late, including:

Dr. Cullender graduated in May 2013 with his Ph.D. Tyler’s work showed that innate and adaptive...

Here are some of the news stories (scroll over source for link):

“Pregnancy alters resident gut microbes”, by Monya Baker, Nature, Aug. 2, 2012. ...

We are joined by two new post-doctoral associates, Sara DiRienzi and Sha Li.  Sara is developing a project on microbial modulation of host ...

Ruth is awarded the 2011 CALS Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Early Achievement:

“Ruth E. Ley, Department of Microbiology, for her important...

Congratulations to Tyler Cullender and Ashwana Fricker for passing their A-exams, they are now Ph.D. candidates!

We’ve had a number of papers come...

More news: Ruth was awarded a Packard Foundation Fellowship to study the co-evolution of gut microbiotas with the human host.  This 5-yr grant will...

Our analysis of the developing infant gut microbiome was published in PNAS and written up in the New Scientist.

Other recent publications with...