microbiome is everywhere

Microbiome, probiotics and stool transplants (also know as fecal microbiota transplant or FMT) have entered pop culture and the mainstream media at a rapid rate, but is correct and accurate information being circulated?  In an era where Tweets reach hundreds of thousands of people instantaneously, and where information is always at our finger tips, it is critical that the information regarding health, disease and the microbiome come from legitimate sources providing factual information.  In addition to establishing ourselves as a beacon for translational microbiome research, CMiST will also dedicate some of it time and resources to educating the public.  To do this, CMiST will establish relationships with the UW art and film departments to produce events featuring projects that will help to educate our local communities.  An important piece of this initiative is to reach under-served populations regarding the importance of nutritional health and the microbiome.

introducing Kathy High

As part of CMiST Art+Science, world-renowned bio-artist Kathy High will be doing a recurring artist residency in DePaolo Lab.  Kathy is an artist, but also a person who suffers from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Her passion for trying to understand this complex disease is part of her art.  Kathy has been commissioned to do an art exhibition in the fall of 2017 with a focus on IBD and the microbiome.

Kathy has shown her work across the US, as well as Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Ireland and the UK, and is a Guggenheim fellowship recipient.  


Current project: Family_Bio_Crest_

Do you and your family members have similar (or dissimilar) gut microbes?  Kathy is looking for volunteers in the Seattle area. More information here.


Kathy was recently featured in SciArt Magazine, a digital publication that explores how science influence art. Read the full article about Kathy and her fascinating work here.

For more information about Kathy, visit her website www.kathyhigh.com