AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research & Education

The mission of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education is to advance research and education on the gut microbiome with the goal of improving human health.

The gut microbiome is among the most exciting and promising areas of science today. The AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education was created to serve as a virtual “home” for AGA activities related to the gut microbiome. The center is focused on advancing gut microbiome research, educating AGA members and other stakeholders on the latest microbiome breakthroughs, and working with FDA and others to ensure that emerging microbiome-based treatments are safe and appropriately evaluated.

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Center Recognized By White House for Commitment to Microbiome

In May 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy acknowledged AGA’s commitment to gut microbiome research and education in an announcement highlighting steps being taken by groups nationwide to advance the understanding of the microbiome.

Learn about AGA’s new microbiome initiatives that were highlighted by the White House.


DDW 2016 Session

Join the center for an exciting DDW session on Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Active Learning Session on the Gut Microbiome: Fundamental Principles in Theory and Practice

This innovative session will use an analysis of the gut microbiota profiles of AGA member volunteers to illustrate current DNA sequencing methods, analytic tools, and the relevance and limitations of microbiome data to human health.

Watch congressional briefing

The AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education recently led a standing-room only congressional briefing on Capitol Hill that provided attendees an opportunity to learn from and engage with a panel of AGA experts on the gut microbiome, antibiotic resistance and fecal microbiota transplantation.

Watch the full recording by clicking below.


research funding

The AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education is committed to advancing research into the gut microbiome. Through the AGA Research Foundation, the center offers several microbiome research grants. Current opportunity:

AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award

AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Award

AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award


gut microbiota for health world summit

In March 2016, the center cosponsored the annual Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit. View resources from the meeting, including:

Video replay

Fact sheets and video interviews


published research from microbiome experts

Special issue of Gastroenterology reviews the role in which research involving the intestinal microbiome can improve health and reduce disease. 

Scientific Advisory Board

To provide guidance on gut microbiome-related issues, AGA has convened a scientific advisory board comprised of world leaders in computational biology and metagenomics, microbiome animal models, microbiology translational research, nutrition, and pertinent regulatory and policy issues. These advisors will make strategic and programmatic recommendations to the AGA Institute Governing Board.

Gary D. Wu, MD, chair

Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, chair-elect

Professor of Medicine; Microbiology/Immunology and Chief, Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF

Martin Boyer Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, AGAF

Director, Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute, Gastrointestinal Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Purna Kashyap, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Colleen Kelly, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI

Rob Knight, PhD

Professor, University of California, San Diego

Loren Laine, MD, AGAF

Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Research, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Ece A. Mutlu, MD, MBA, AGAF

Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center

Ryan Balfour Sartor, MD

Distinguished Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Phillip I. Tarr, MD

Melvin E. Carnahan Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Division of Gastroenterolgy and Nutrition, Washington University Physicians

Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF, ex-officio

Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Miami

AGA Staff Contact: Alison Kim