Microbiome Research



Jack A. Gilbert Lab

University of California San Diego

Department of Pediatrics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A highly interdisciplinary group leading research in medical and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and biotechnology development. 

Our work transcends microbiome studies across environmental and human health, with marine model organisms and ecosystems informing studies in human infectious disease, diet, and cardiometabolic, immune and mental health.


In the Gilbert Lab, we value the participation of every member of our community and want to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally. To ensure that everyone in the lab knows the expectations and enjoys their time in the lab, we have created an “Expectations and Principles” document that is available to every member.


Lab News

Gut microbiota and fecal short chain fatty acids differ with adiposity and country of origin: the METS-microbiome study

G. Ecklu-Mensah, C. Choo-Kang, M. Gjerstad Maseng, S. Donato, P. Bovet, B. Viswanathan, K. Bedu-Addo, J. Plange-Rhule, P. Oti Boateng, T.E. Forrester, M. Williams, E.V. Lambert, D. Rae, N. Sinyanya, A. Luke, B.T. Layden, S. O’Keefe, J.A. Gilbert, L. R. Dugas.
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PhD Candidates Emily Kunselman and Kara Wiggin represent SIO at COP28

The Link Between Disease and Climate Change and the Risks to Ocean and Human Health. Session led by Emily Kunselman and Kara Wiggin. 28th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties in the UAE.

Full Steam Ahead: Womens’ Leadership in Ocean Science. Kara Wiggin, Panelist. 28th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties in the UAE.



UC San Diego Receives $14M to Drive Precision Nutrition with Gut Microbiome Data

National Institutes of Health establishes Microbiome and Metagenomics Center at UC San Diego, part of new effort to predict individual responses to food and inform personalized nutrition recommendations

Leads: Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight
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