The Bess Lab
Discovering & Engineering Microbiome Chemistry
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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.
We are elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which the microbiome mediates hormone levels in humans, which has important implications for health and disease.
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.
Watercolor by Rebecca McGillivary, @rebmcg