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Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Interdisiplinary Microbiome Research
Member, Farncombe Institute
Dr. Michael Surette’s research team sheds light on why some microbes keep us healthy while others cause illness. They investigate the role microbes play in chronic diseases, how the microbiome develops and changes over our lifespan, and how these changes affect our susceptibility to disease. Surette and his team combine culturing methods with state-of-the-art sequencing to access and study the diversity of microbes associated with their human hosts. This particular process typically recovers two to three times the diversity of bacteria that molecular profiling alone does. Ultimately, by revealing more about the beneficial properties of the human microbiota, Surette’s research could lead to new microbiome-derived therapies to treat a wide range of conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.