The Bess Lab

Discovering & Engineering Microbiome Chemistry 

© 2021, The Bess Lab
Gut—Brain Axis

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.

Dietary Fiber

Lignocellulose is an abundant but understudied dietary fiber. We are discovering how gut bacterial  degradation of this dietary fiber shapes the functions and chemical environment of the gut microbiome.

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.

Watercolor by Rebecca McGillivary, @rebmcg

January 5, 2021—Congratulations to 3rd-year graduate student Barry Rich for receiving the prestigious ARCS Scholar Award.

October 1, 2020—Honored to be supported by the UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee for our research on the gut microbiome's role in breast cancer therapy.

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.

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