Starting Year: 2017
Program Specialization:Microbial Interactions
Laboratory Association(s):Dr. Andrew Benson
Research Description:Characterizing associations of naturally occurring components in food crops and the human gut microbiome. Utilizing genetic variation and manipulation in grains to assess their effects on the human gut microbiome and further use those responses as a breeding trait for crops. Providing tools to the agriculture sector to improve nutritional aspects of crops which will aid in the long term prevention of microbiome associated diseases in the new movement of food for health.