Our goal is to carry out research on interactions between humans and their microbes that has the maximum positive effect on human welfare. Often this involves development and implementation of new technology for basic research and biotechnology. One research focus involves studies of the human microbiome, the gigantic community of microbes that live associated with every human. The human microbiome has been reported to influence health and most human diseases, offering numerous opportunities for engineering to improve human health. Another area of research centers on HIV, including development of new methods and implementing novel high-throughput methods for understanding replication and devising therapeutics. A third related area involves methods development for understanding and improving methods for human gene therapy.
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