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What is mSystems?

mSystems is a subsection of the American Society for Microbiology, a top tier peer reviewed scientific journal. mSystems focuses on publishing cutting-edge research surrounding the microbiome from leading researchers around the globe.

What is a microbiome?

A microbiome is the DNA from the collective group of micro-organisms that live together in a distinct environment.Your microflora are the cells that function off of these DNA elements.

What is the gut microflora?

Bacteria and organisms that live within the intestines and help digest food. Vitamins like vitamin k and biotin are made but the gut microflora.

Why is the gut microflora important within humans?

The gut microbiome is a city within the body made up ofmicro-organisms that interact with each other and the human self (host) to make the digestive system work. In a balanced environment, both good and bad bacteria coexist peacefully, allowing the gut microbiome to work effectively. However, when the environment is unbalanced, and there are too many harmful bacteria, the gut system can be affected negatively, which can cause a need for intervention. 

Why is research on the gut microflora important?

The microbiome is an essential part of the human immune system and can seriously affect people's gut health. As more people in society have begun to struggle with gut and intestinal problems, advancements and research within the field of microbiome and microbiota have become essential for the betterment of human health.



mSystem Early Career Special

Carolina Tropini


Dr. Carolina Tropini is an accomplished researcher in Microbiology and Immunology. She is currently an assistant professor and has her lab at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on how a disrupted physical environment in diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and chronic diarrhea affects the microbiota and host at a multi-scale level.

Falk Hildebrand


Dr. Falk Hildebrand is a bioinformatician and group leader at the Quadram Institute who has a strong enthusiasm for microbial ecosystems, bacterial evolution, and developing different computation systems to help take on both subjects in combined methodology.

Evelien M Adriaenssens

Ph. D

Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens is a research leader at the Quadram Institute. Her work primarily focuses on the gut microbiota and its role within health and disease, specifically on the viral component of the microbiome and how its role affects human health. 

Benjamin Parker

Ph. D

Dr. Benjamin Parker is currently an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee and is researching the coevolution between animals and microbes. Parker is particularly interested in the beneficial bacteria and their role in most animals' metabolism, immunity, and overall health. 

Jeff Bowman

Ph. D

Dr. Jeff Bowman is currently a researcher and assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. Although his research is primarily focused on marine microbes, his studies on changes in the environment and how it affects marine microbes could be highly applicable to human microbes.

Bryan Hsu


Dr. Bryan Hsu is currently a researcher and assistant professor at Virginia Tech University. He is currently studying how to understand and remodel the gut microbiota through interdisciplinary methods like microbiology, synthetic biology, and biomaterials. 

Neha Garg

Ph. D

Dr. Neha Garg is currently a researcher and assistant professor at Georgia Tech University. Her research at her lab is focused on understanding the molecular interactions between a eukaryotic host and its microbiome and how these interactions affect health and disease.

Jotham Suez


Dr. Jotham Suez is an assistant professor and researcher at Johns Hopkins University within the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department. His lab at the university focuses on the microbiome and the mechanisms behind how symbiotic bacteria, viruses, and fungi form the health of its human home.

Richard Allen White III


Dr. White is an assistant professor
and researcher at The University of North Carolina- Charlotte; where he studies the impact of viruses on the microbiome of humans, plants, and modern microbialites. His goal in his research is to make Covid -19 the last pandemic and to help reduce the crisis of drug-resistant bacteria.

Justin J.J. van den Hooft,


Dr. van den Hooft is an assistant professor and researcher in computational metabolomics at Wageningen University. His research focuses on how to close the gap between what we learn and observe within metagenomics.

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