The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative

Venture Fund

Microbiome Venture Fund

Vanderbilt faculty and staff can apply for venture funding of a project that connects 
microbiome scholarship with diverse topics and investigators.

The fund welcomes proposals that (i) stimulate new microbiome scholarship for the applicants, (ii) support the development of collaborations across disciplines or institutes, and (iii) may subsequently seed a larger project. Collaborations among faculty and undergraduate students are especially encouraged. The amount of funding is $3000 or less and must be used by March 1, 2019.

Now calling for proposals for Fall 2018; join the listserv to receive microbiome-related notifications.

Fall 2017 Recipients:

  1. Interactions between stress and the microbiome by Dr. Nicole Creanza and Kara Boyer
  2. Immune Mechanisms Associated with Sodium-Induced Cardiovascular Disease: Effect of Excess Dietary Salt on the Gut Microbiome by Dr. Annet Kirabo
  3. Pathogenetic Interactions between Uropathogenic E. coli and the “Background” Urinary Microbiome by Dr. Gerald Van Horn and Dr. Jonathan Schmitz
  4. Intestinal epithelial cell-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) promote growth and functions of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) by Dr. Fang Yan
  5. Resident gut protozoa as modulators of gut immunity and susceptibility of bacterial infection by Dr. Ann Tate and Abby Perry







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