The human body is in a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microbes, many of which are essential for optimal health.  The past decade has witnessed an explosion of research which has demonstrated that altering these bacterial communities can contribute significantly to disease.  Our research in microbiome in health and disease is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of these host:microbial interactions with the ultimate goal of translating this knowledge into microbial based human therapeutics.

This research is supported by the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) which serves an international hub for the development and implementation of advanced technologies and offers cutting-edge research facilities, including a germ-free rodent facility.

Profiles of Faculty Working on Microbiome in Health and Disease

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Phone

  • (832) 824-0510

Robert Allen Britton, Ph.D.

Professor

Therapeutic microbiology, probiotics, genomics and genetics of the human microbiota

Robert M Bryan Jr, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7720

Douglas G Burrin, Ph.D.

Research Physiologist

Phone

  • (713) 798-7049

Margaret Ellen Conner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3590

Pathogenesis of and immunity to enteric pathogens

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

David J Durgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Role of the gut microbiota in cardiovascular disease

Mary K. Estes, Ph.D.

Distinguished Service Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3585

Human mini-gut cultures to understand gastrointestinal virus-host interactions and mechanisms of pathogenesis and immunity

Darryl L. Hadsell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7043

Lactation Biology, Mammalian Genomics

Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine

Phone

  • (713) 798-1199

Drug and Vaccine Delivery; Tropical Medicine

Joseph Michael Hyser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4514

Enteric Virus Calcium Channel Blockers; Exploitation of Host Calcium Signaling Pathways by Microbes…

Katherine Yudeh King, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Role of interferon-gamma in hematopoietic stem cell regulation

Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7369

Pathogenesis of bacterial infections

Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7912

Metagenomics and genetic interactions between commensal microbiota and the host.…

Buck Samuel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-9110

Microbiome programming of host physiology and development; Genetics and genomics of host-microbe interactions…

Michael Scheurer, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Milton J. Finegold Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3710

Microbial Genomics, Human Microbiome and Metagenomics, Mucosal Immunity, Gut Inflammation and Intestinal Neoplasia