Microbiome News

Coral Bleaching and Marine Probiotics: Raquel Peixoto, Ph.D.

February 07, 2019

Microbiome Spotlights highlight the broad range of fields doing microbiome research at UC Davis. The purpose of these interviews is to introduce researchers to the microbiome community, highlight rising stars in the field, and identify potential areas for collaboration across disciplines. Those interviewed will include students, staff and early to mid-career faculty. To recommend someone for a Microbiome Spotlight, email Jose Franco at

UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program Awards Seed Funding to Seven Collaborative Research Projects

January 09, 2019

The UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program and the Office of Research are pleased to announce the recipients of seven seed funding awards. Each awarded proposal will receive $40,000 over two years. The seed funding program is designed to catalyze new projects and innovations in microbiome sciences with an emphasis on new interdisciplinary collaborations within UC Davis.

New Packaging Aims to Prevent Produce Spoilage

January 09, 2019

By Andy Fell

There’s an old saying that “one bad apple spoils the whole barrel.” But that may no longer be the case thanks to new materials being developed by UC Davis researchers to line produce bins and for reusable packaging.

The goal is to produce plastics that both repel bacteria and reduce food-spoilage microbes. The antimicrobial activity comes from chlorine bound to the plastic. It would be recharged by rinsing with a bleach solution.

UC Davis BME Lewis Lab Seeks Solution to Shellfish Allergy

November 27, 2018
$150,000 NIH/NIAID Award Strengthens Hypoallergen-Research Efforts

UC Davis Biomedical Engineering’s Dr. Jamal Lewis isn’t just researching dangerous shellfish allergies: He lives with them every day. So it’s especially meaningful that his lab has been awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant to research solutions that would help himself and the approximately 1.4 percent of Americans — about 4 million people — who share his health condition.

Stopping Superbugs With Friendly Microbes

November 19, 2018

By Andy Fell in Human & Animal Health

NEWBORN BABY JANE in Sacramento, California, might have access to the best, most modern medical care, but she’s likely missing something else: Friendly gut microbes. Uniquely adapted to human breast milk, these microbes provide optimal nutrition, keep out hostile infections, and may even stop the spread of disease.