Our cluster will develop the next generation of tools and capabilities to probe the molecular mechanisms underlying community interactions. We will manage, analyze, interpret and model the enormous amounts of data generated by microbiome studies and begin assembling synthetic communities. We will focus on microbial communities associated with crop plants, farm animals, insects and the environment. This focus builds upon NC State’s existing strengths in agriculture and biotechnology and will establish a research nexus in this field.
Note: Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities maintains a listerv that anyone at NC State can join. To join the listserv and keep up with the latest information on microbiomes research, teaching and other relevant updates, email Manuel Kleiner at email@example.com.
The cluster hosts the monthly M^3 Seminar Series. All of the seminars are on Thursday at 4 p.m. in 3503 Thomas Hall (Stephens Room), with refreshments served at 3:45.
- January 10 Mobile genetic elements of the microbiota: from inflammation to polymicrobial interactions
Seminar flyer [pdf]
- February 7 Metabolic engineering and microbial community interactions
- March 7 Computational approaches for and functional characterization of microbiomes
Seminar flyer [pdf]
- April 4 Host-microbiome interactions in the bird. Trying to connect metabolites to systemic immunity
- Canceled – May 2 Cecal microbiomes and antimicrobial resistance
- June 6 Topic TBD
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We will support NC State’s growth as an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary center of excellence in the analysis and engineering of plant, animal and insect microbiomes, as well as the complex microbial communities in soil and water environments. In turn, we aim to tackle myriad societal challenges in energy, sustainability, food security and health that trace back to microbial communities.
Life on Earth is sustained by microbial communities composed of bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, algae and protists. These communities inhabit everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the digestive tracts of insects. Those inhabiting higher organisms have been directly linked to plant growth and productivity, animal health and nutrition, and insect development. Other free-living complex microbial communities are the basis for applied microbial processes such as wastewater treatment, fermentation, bioremediation and biofuel production. NC State maintains the institutional capabilities needed to effectively study microbiomes and other complex microbial communities, including genome and metagenome sequencing, proteomics, bioinformatics, research greenhouses and germ-free animal facilities. Faculty also address the roles of microorganisms in a variety of environmental settings. The university will establish a core group of faculty who can integrate existing tools and resources and focus on characterizing, modeling and engineering microbiomes and complex microbial communities. Our work will bridge the gap between research and application.
Dr. Manuel Kleiner will be teaching a course on Microbial Symbiosis and Microbiomes for the Fall 2019 semester. Learn more about the course.
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New Computer Program Aims to Reduce DNA Contamination in Microbial Samples
A new, open-source software package created by researchers at NC State and Stanford could help reduce contamination in microbial samples.
Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities Cluster Faculty Receive Grant Funding
Nathan Crook and Manuel Kleiner recently received funding from the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC). Crook and Kleiner are members of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster in NC State’s Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program.