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.


Center Establishes NIH-Funded Registry to Track FMT

Thanks to a grant from NIAID of NIH, the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education will launch the first national registry assessing short- and long-term patient outcomes associated with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Sign up here to stay informed on the registry.


on-demand education

Watch presentations from leading experts on the gut microbiome by clicking the link below. Topics include the gut microbiome in celiac disease, fecal microbiota transplants for C. difficile and IBD, pre- and probiotics, and more.

White house announcement

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.


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-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


Watch congressional briefing

The AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education 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.


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.

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, Chair

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

Gary D. Wu, MD, Immediate Past Chair

Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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

Gastroenterologist and Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Chief Medical Officer, OpenBiome, Somerville, MA

Colleen Kelly, MD

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

Rob Knight, PhD

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

Loren Laine, MD, AGAF

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

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

Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center


Phillip I. Tarr, MD

Melvin E. Carnahan Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterolgy and Nutrition, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

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

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


AGA Staff Contact: Alison Kim