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Microbiomes in Transition (MinT) Initiative

A graphic illustration of microbiome.

Nearly every habitat and organism on Earth contains a diverse collection of microorganisms, called microbiomes. Microbiomes play important roles in our world, among them carbon and nutrient cycling, pollutant degradation, plant growth promotion, and cause and prevention of disease. 

The scientific community is currently in the "discovery phase" of microbiome science; overall, we--the community--lack a mechanistic understanding of the roles that microbes play in the environment and human health and how their roles change during transition from one state to another.

Scientists in PNNL's Microbiomes in Transition (MinT) Initiative are performing state-of-the-art research to address key knowledge gaps in microbiome understanding. Put simply, our team's goal is to understand & predict impacts of perturbations on key roles that are carried out by microbiomes.

Team

Aaron Wright leads the Chemical Biology & Exposure Sciences Group in the Biological Sciences Division at PNNL.  His highly collaborative and diverse chemical biology research team is focused on gaining an improved functional and mechanistic...
Janet Jansson is Chief Scientist for Biology in the Biological Sciences Division and a laboratory fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Currently Dr. Jansson is the lead for the Microbiome in Transition initiative and the...
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