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Ph.D. student and researcher Christine Tataru
Graduate students

Martin-O’Neill fellow Christine Tataru uses computers to decode our guts

Christine Tataru receives the 2021-22 Larry W. Martin & Joyce B. O’Neill Endowed Fellowship for her work in computational modeling that seeks to understand how gut microbiomes impact their human hosts’ health. She develops tools and frameworks to advance microbiome research, then uses these tools to explore gut-brain axis phenomenon.

Dr. Maude David sitting at her desk
Faculty and Staff

Mentoring and the microbiome: OSU microbiologist Maude David wins Breaking Barriers Award in Education

Assistant professor of microbiology Maude David received the 2020 Breaking Barriers Award in Education from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, which honors excellent and high impact in teaching and mentoring that has paved the way for gender equity in higher education.

Corals along seafloor in Lizard Island.
Research

Scientists awarded grant to investigate how microbiomes can help species withstand climate change

A pivotal National Science Foundation award will enable Oregon State scientists to investigate how microbes influence their wildlife host’s sensitivity and resilience to disruptive changes in the natural environment.

Steve Giovannoni looking into microscope in lab.
News

Gut bacteria associated with animal-based diet may mitigate risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers have found that a type of common gut bacteria sometimes associated with inflammation, abscesses, bowel disease and cancer has a major silver lining: It seems to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Thomas Sharpton working in lab with student
Biomedical Science

Kindergartners’ behavior, socioeconomic risk linked to gut microbiome composition, function

A study of early school-aged children shows a connection between the bacteria in their gut and their behavior, and that parents play a key role in their kids’ microbiome beyond the food they provide.

hops on branch
Biochemistry & Biophysics

Hops compounds help with metabolic syndrome while reducing microbiome diversity

Results from the lab of biochemist Adrian Gombart show that each of the hops compounds decreased the amount and diversity of microbes and reduced inflammation leading to improved metabolism.

bacteria in pile of Petri dishes
Faculty and Staff

Research deepens understanding of gut bacteria’s connections to human health, disease

Microbiologists at Oregon State University have made an important advance in understanding the roles that gut bacteria play in human health.

Courtney Rae Armour with husband and dog riding mountain bikes atop grassy hill
Graduate students

Inaugural science fellowship supports research in the Sharpton Microbiome Lab

The College of Science congratulates Courtney Rae Armour, the first graduate student to receive the Larry W. Martin & Joyce B. O’Neill Endowed Fellowship.

David Koslicki standing in front of brick wall
Data Science

Tools used for metagenomic research under scrutiny

A recent critical assessment of software tools represents a key step toward taming the “Wild West” nature of the burgeoning field of metagenomics.

Bets Cole Evolution of a Superbug
Microbiology

Sparks fly between arts and science — and a giant petri dish

Catalyzed by OSU's yearlong arts+science event SPARK, a Harvard scientist purchases a stunning work by an Oregon artist who was in turn inspired by his experiment with bacteria on a giant petri dish.

coral at bottom floor of shallow ocean
Microbiology

The "Anna Karenina principle" of unhappy microbiomes

Oregon State microbiologists have suggested a new paradigm for the study of microbiomes—one that has key implications for medical care.

Ed Yong speaking to audience
Microbiology

Planning for the future of microbiome research

The Oregon State University Microbiome Initiative is offering a series of events including a training workshop, a research forum and a public lecture featuring an award-winning science writer.