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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Latest News

This week saw the arrival of our newest addition: a scimaX mass spectrometer! After years of planning (and a pandemic), installation was completed...

New on BioRxiv: Nick Youngblut followed up on his recent Nature Communications publication that revealed a plethora of new microbial diversity for gut...

We are pleased to see Liz Johnson and Stacey Heaver's paper on Bacteroides sphingolipids out in Nature Communications!

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Selected Publications

Johnson EL, Heaver SL, Waters JL, Kim BI, Bretin A, Goodman AL, Gewirtz AT, Worgall TS and Ley RE. Sphingolipids produced by gut bacteria enter host metabolic pathways impacting ceramide levels. Nature Communications 11:2471 (2020)

Ruaud A, Esquivel-Elizondo S, de la Cuesta-Zuluaga J, Waters JL,  Angenent LT, Youngblut ND and Ley RE: Syntrophy via Interspecies H2 transfer between Christensenella and Methanobrevibacter underlies their global co-occurrence in the human gut. mBio, 11 e03235-19 (2020)

Youngblut ND, Reischer GH, Walters W, Schuster N, Walzer C, Stalder, G, Ley RE and Farnleitner AH: Host diet and evolutionary history explain different aspects of gut microbiome diversity among vertebrate clades. Nature Communications 10: 2200. (2019)

Poole AC, Goodrich JK, Youngblut ND, Luque GG, Ruaud A, Sutter JL, Waters JL, Shi Q, El-Hadidi M, Johnson LM, Bar HY, Huson DH, Booth JG and Ley RE : Human salivary amylase gene copy number impacts oral and gut microbiomes. Cell Host & Microbe 25: 553-564 (2019).

Moreno-Gallego JL, Chou SP, Di Rienzi SC, Goodrich JK, Spector T, Bell JT, Youngblut N, Hewson I, Reyes A and Ley RE: Virome diversity correlates with intestinal microbiome diversity in adult monozygotic twins. Cell Host & Microbe 25: 261-272. (2019).

Goodrich JK, Davenport ER, Waters JL, Clark AG and Ley RE: Cross-species comparisons of host genetic associations with the microbiome. Science 352: 532-535. (2016).

Goodrich JK, Waters JL, Poole AC, Sutter JL, Koren O, Blekhman R, Beaumont M, Van Treuren W, Knight R, Bell JT, Spector TD, Clark AG and Ley RE: Human genetics shape the gut microbiome. Cell 159: 789-799. (2014).