What is the microbiome’s role in immunity and disease?

Kathy McCoy, PhD

Dr. McCoy leads research in the 10,000-square-foot facility germ-free facility to understand the interaction between the microbiome and the immune system to prevent and treat illness. The facility houses thousands of mice under germ-free conditions. This lets researchers transplant specific microbiomes into germ-free animals. When we pair this with incredible imaging capacity, researchers can observe the behaviour of our microbiome in an environment free from other bacterial or viral contaminants. And how their introduction or removal shapes human health. That allows us to develop more personalized therapies, treatments and preventative measures for people living with chronic diseases.