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Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) members seek to understand the positive effects of the microbiome on human health, and how harmful environmental factors reduce those effects

We have millions of microbes within our digestive system that help process what we intake, and keep us healthy. We know now that the gut microbiome is more impactful on human health than initially thought, and that the microbiome interacts both with the host and the host’s environment. But we still don’t have a great understanding of the mechanisms behind how the microbiome operates and develops in different environments. Researchers within the Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME) theme address this question by studying how humans interact with their microbiomes, and how these interactions affect human health. Researchers can then identify unique pathways in the human/microbiome that relate to health, nutrition, and the environment.