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.

Work with Us

For more information on partnering with AGA, visit our new industry partner website at

Partner with AGA

Focused on fecal microbiota transplantation.

An initiative of the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research & Education.


Educate Yourself

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


Educate Your Patients

AGA’s PatientINFO Center includes patient education materials and resources on a variety of GI topics, including those related to the gut microbiome.

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

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