Host Microbiome Initiative

Hundreds of different bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms call the human body their home. They comprise what is known as the human microbiome, and many serve a beneficial function when it comes to our biological processes and health. With experts from across campus and beyond, the Host Microbiome Initiative builds upon the University of Michigan’s strengths in microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, immunology, and clinical medicine to “fast forward” the understanding of how microbes interact with their host. Find a sampling of U-M experts in the study of the human microbiome →

Support and Services

Support for studies involving the host microbiome and other microbial communities is available through the Microbial Systems Laboratory. Sequencing services, advanced microbial cultivation, and gnotobiotic colony use are all available through this site.