The Bess Lab

Discovering & Engineering Microbiome Chemistry 

© 2020, The Bess Lab
Gut—Brain Axis
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There is mounting evidence that the human gut microbiome impacts the brain. We are unravelling the molecular-level mechanisms that causally link the gut microbiome to Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis.

Hormone Signaling

We are elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which the microbiome mediates hormone levels in humans, which has important implications for health and disease.

Lignin Valorization

Lignin is highly abundant, yet undervalued, biomass. We are developing methods to valorize this renewable resource by building upon the chemical reactions encoded in bacteria.

ADME Models

We are characterizing the chemical-reaction repertoire of the gut microbiome—informing drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) models—to uncover the microbiome's impacts on pharmacology and health.

July 17, 2020—Bess Lab celebrates its first student advancing to PhD candidacy! Congratulations, Barry!

June 16, 2020—Bess Lab awarded UC Irvine Hellman Fellowship!

Jan. 10, 2020—Elizabeth named a Scialog fellow by Research Corp.

Oct. 10, 2019—Honored to be supported by the American Cancer Society and UCI for our work on estrogen and the gut microbiome.

Watercolor by Rebecca McGillivary, @rebmcg

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