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 AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education is your virtual “home” for AGA activities, research, news and policy updates related to the gut microbiome, one of the most exciting and promising areas of science today.

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FMT Registry

This 10-year observational registry will collect long-term data on the safety and efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation.

Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (award number R24 AI118629).

A Clinician’s Guide to FMT

Join the center on Jan. 18, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV to learn more about the past, present and future of FMT and microbiota-targeting therapies.

This workshop is held in conjunction with the new Crohn’s and Colitis Congress™.


AGA Microbiome Update

Our quarterly e-newsletter features articles on hot topics in gut microbiome research and practice and highlights the latest microbiome education, publications and resources. AGA Microbiome Update is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from The Dannon Company, Inc.


Educate Yourself

Review the latest microbiome-related education and news from AGA and the Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education.



Microbiome Council Section

The AGA Institute Council Microbiome & Microbial Diseases in the GI Tract Section promotes ideas, research, technology, education and dialogue that advance understanding of the gut microbiome in health and disease. To receive microbiome-related news and updates from AGA, join this section.

Gastro Special Issue

Gastro Special IssueThis special issue of Gastroenterology is a collection of reviews addressing (1) basic concepts in the mammalian gut microbiome; (2) gut microbiome and disease, and (3) modification of the gut microbiome to maintain health or treat disease.


Advocacy & Policy

Working for You

In May 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy acknowledged AGA’s commitment to gut microbiome research and education.

Learn More

In February 2016, the center led a standing-room only congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on the gut microbiome, antibiotic resistance and FMT.

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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.


Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, (Chair)

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology and Division Director, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, AGAF

Associate Professor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine,
Richmond, VA

Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF

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

Diane E. Hoffmann, JD, MS

Professor of Law and Director, Law and Health Care Program, University of Maryland School of Law,
Baltimore, MD

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, AGAF

Director, Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, MA

Purna Kashyap, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

Zain Kassam, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer,
Somerville, MA

Premysl Bercik, MD

Associate Prefessor,
McMaster Universtiy,
Ontario, Canada

Rob Knight, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science,
University of California, San Diego,
San Diego, CA

Alexander Khoruts, MD

Professor of Medicine, 
University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN

Ece A. Mutlu, MD, MS, MBA, AGAF

Associate Professor,
Department of Internal Medicine,
Rush University Medical Center,
Chicago, IL

Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
Baylor College of Medicine,
Houston, TX


Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF, (Ex-Officio)

Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Miami,
Miami, FL

Gary D. Wu, MD, (Governing Board Liaison)
Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA


AGA Staff Contact: Alison Kim