Our Mission


The Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics (CMiST) will serve as a hub of collaboration and connectivity for researchers and clinicians at the University of Washington and its affiliated campuses. Its main goals are to advance the understanding of the dynamic interaction between the microbiome and our own cells, to drive discovery of microbiome-based drugs to treat inflammatory bowel disease and other inflammatory disorders and to supporting an arts and science program designed to educate and inspire the community about the importance of the microbiome in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 
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Microbiome Club

Microbiome Club will be a forum for University of Washington and affiliated students, postdocs, staff and principle investigators working with, or interested in, the microbiome to come together and share their work, initiate collaborations, promote microbiome research at UW and to Inspire Discovery. Our goal is to draw faculty, staff and students from as many disciplines as possible to assure that the presenters get the best and most well rounded comments on their work.

Everyone who attends is expected to participate both by giving meaningful feedback, as well presenting new and unpublished data from your lab. As the microbiome touches so many disciplines, we are welcoming of labs who may not have begun working on commensal microbiota yet have experience or interest in nutrition, mucosal immunology, ecology, neuroscience, and many more.

If you are interested in these meetings and would like more information, please complete the form to the right.

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Art and Science

Exploring the microbiome through art

The rapid advancement in scientific technologies and innovations could easily seem like fiction to the casual observer. It seems that each day gives us new examples in which a future could be imagined where we have the capabilities to radically transform human life in a laboratory.  Embodying these concepts, and pushing the boundaries of science are central themes present in a recently growing field of art called Bio- or Sci-art, art works created using scientific processes. In contrast, a new type of medicine is being embraced by the medical field, which uses music, dance, and painting in the rehab and care of patients.  Despite these successful examples of art and science merging together, the relationship between biomedical research and art hasn’t been quite as successful. Biomedical-art relationships tend to ask dynamic and existential questions, such as ‘what constitutes life’, ‘what is a human being’ and ‘who are we.’  While interesting, these science-based art projects do not often include research for the sake of science. In addition to using bio-art as a means to communicate with the public, it is our aim to use art to advance our science through our program called Vivo Art, which is partially funded by the Kenneth Raining Foundation.  Using art allows us to think outside of the box and to create hypothesis-based questions or to find answers to questions in bio-medical research that have been otherwise unsolvable using traditional scientific processes.

 
 

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