Prof Awarded Funding to Investigate Gut Bacteria


Allen-Vercoe has assembled a chemostat, also known as the “robogut,” in her lab to mimic the environment of the large intestine and enable researchers to learn more about the hundreds of bacterial species that aid in normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. Besides growing and isolating novel gut bacteria, including species previously thought to resist culturing, Allen-Vercoe studies the effects of the stress hormone nor-epinephrine on the gut to help doctors treat inflammatory bowel disease.


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