Our goal is to broaden the scope of microbiome research so that it addresses microbiomes of all kinds.


The microbiomes of human populations - developed and developing, industrial and agricultural - are strikingly different. Yet, little is known what impact these differences have on microbiome-associated disorders and on benefits conferred by a so-called "healthy" microbiome. Our mission is to educate one another and to focus microbiome research on health issues that affect individuals on a global scale. Key focal points for the program are nutrition, diabetes, and infectious disease.


Through this program, we also aim to strengthen ties between researchers at Cornell and international partners, through face-to-face brainstorming sessions centered on the most pressing health problems.


By including and embracing the participation of students leading up to and during the workshop and symposium, we aim to provide a unique learning environment for undergraduates at Cornell and international trainees to engage on this timely and compelling topic.


This is the future of the microbiome field.