uBiome Awards Grant to Morgan State University and Non-Profit Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to Study Effects of Environmental Molds on Microbial Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Through its Microbiome Grant Initiative, uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, has awarded microbiome research support in study design, planning, sample collection, and analysis to a team of researchers at Morgan State University led by Dr. Douglas Dluzen, PhD, and Hector Moreno at GHHI, to study the association of built environmental microbiomes with skin microbiomes of low-income residents living in potentially mold-contaminated homes in Baltimore City.
The Dluzen Laboratory has partnered with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health outcomes and understanding the link between potential mold contamination in low-income housing and health outcomes in children and adults. The goal of the study is to explore the association of built environmental microbiomes with occupant skin microbiomes and to examine the change in microbial diversity after mold remediation by GHHI in Baltimore City homes. Dr. Dluzen and Moreno hypothesize that the presence of mold reduces the diversity of the microbiome and selects for the presence of pathogenic microbes on the built environment and on the skin of occupants living there.
Data collected from the study will include skin microbiome composition from uBiome's patented kits, the presence of mold, and the diversity of microbes in control homes and mold-contaminated homes before and after mold remediation. The team hopes their research will improve understanding regarding mold's potential to predispose individuals to respiratory- and inflammatory-related conditions.
"This investigation into the potential relationship between pathogenic microbes and mold contamination may have larger implications for living standards and health disparities," said Jessica Richman, PhD, co-founder and CEO of uBiome. "We are honored to support this study by Morgan State University and their partner Green and Healthy Homes Initiative."
Dr. Dluzen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Morgan State University. His lab studies the intersection of human health disparities, aging, and the environment.
About the Grant, Dr. Dluzen said, "This is a really unique opportunity to partner the research and community outreach infrastructure of Morgan State and GHHI to address a health issue in Baltimore City. Importantly, the sample collection and data analysis will be spearheaded by Morgan undergraduate students who will obtain essential skill development and training to become part of the next generation of biomedical researchers and clinicians. We're so excited that uBiome is helping with this project."
Through its Microbiome Grant Initiative, uBiome has awarded millions of dollars in research support to hundreds of investigators around the world at renowned academic institutions and not-for-profit research organizations, including Harvard University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, San Francisco, Oxford University, and the University of Sydney. Awards include patented microbiome sequencing kits, as well as research support in study design, planning, sample collection, and analysis. To learn more about our award process or to submit a grant proposal, visit http://www.ubiome.com/microbiome-grant-initiative/.
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