Environmental Microbiologist Jack Gilbert (BIO) is quoted in Nature News on how microbiomes tend to match the human inhabitants of a particular place. The article covers how microbes are found everywhere and how most are not harmful, some are helpful, a few can cause death and disease, and almost all are unknown.
Microbiomes in houses tend to match those of the homes’ human inhabitants — and quickly morph after a change in occupancy.
Jack Gilbert (BIO)
Gilbert and his colleagues described results from a survey of ten homes, which they found became populated with new residents’ microbes within 24 hours.
About the Researcher
Jack A. Gilbert is the group leader for Microbial Ecology in the Biosciences Division. His ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and man-made environments. His interests include the use of metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics and metametabolomics to answer questions about microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and biogeochemistry. Gilbert also develops predictive models that help capture our understanding of ecosystem function mediated by microorganisms.