TABLE 1 

TSMC DoD organizations and strategic partners general interests in microbiome research

Organization(s)Microbiome research interest(s)Presenting researcher(s)
U.S. Army Center for
Environmental Health
Research (USACEHR)
Gut microbiome as surveillance for toxicant exposure using systems biology,
rodent models, and humanized-mouse model; gut microbiome to enable
precision medicine, such as gut-brain axis, and developing computational
tools; stress markers in mice associated with changes in microbial community
Rasha Hammamieh,
Blair Dancy,
Aarti Gautum
U.S. Army Research
Institute of Environmental
Medicine (USARIEM)
Nutrition-based strategies targeting the gut microbiome for optimizing
Warfighter health and performance; microbiome changes related to
physiological stressors such as undernutrition and altitude exposure
J. Philip Karl
US Army Natick Soldier
Research Development &
Engineering Center
(NSRDEC)
Employ in vitro fermentation models to characterize and understand
how specific military-relevant stressors influence the delicate balance
within a healthy gut microbiome; understand complex microbial
community competitive dynamics
Jason W. Soares
U.S. Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL)
Pulmonary health biomarker discovery; synthetic biology solutions
to microbiome health and Warfighter performance; sensors for
DoD-relevant molecules such as trinitrotoluene (TNT);
microbiomes related to fouling and corrosion in fuel storage systems
Camilla A. Mauzy,
Nancy Kelley-Loughnane,
Wendy J. Goodson
Rocky Mountain Mental Illness
Research, Education and
Clinical Center (MIRECC),
Denver Veterans Affairs (VA)
Medical Center
Advancing microbiome science and education to benefit military
personnel through the Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for
Research and Education (MVM-CoRE); chronic inflammatory disease and
the built environment
Lisa A. Brenner
Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory
(JHU-APL)
Inter- and intraspatial microbial community relationship within
the skin microbiome; skin probiotics for vector protection
David Karig
Walter Reed Army Institute of
Research (WRAIR)
Surveying the respiratory microbiome of healthy military personnelJun Hang
US Army Medical Research
and Materiel Command (MRMC)
Ethical considerations for microbiome analysis;
congressionally directed research program support
Donna M. Kimbark,
Natalie Klein
Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
Multi-body site microbiome analysis (respiratory, skin, and wound)
to investigate skin and soft tissue infections in military trainees
D. Scott Merrell
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Lincoln Laboratory
(MIT-LL)
In silico and in vitro gut models for microbiome research,
specifically interested in oxygen diffusion in the mucous layer
Catherine R. Cabrera
U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL)Synthetic biology for DoD-relevant environmental microbiomes,
including energy generation and respiratory microbiomes; proteomics
and metabolomics of DoD-relevant environmental microbiomes
Sarah (Strycharz) Glaven,
Dagmar H. Leary
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Research and
Development Center (ERDC)
Molecular markers for toxicants in soil microbiomes; effects of contaminants
on skin microbiome using lizard and amphibian models;
stochastic models of soil microbiomes coupled to terrain and weather data
to evaluate soil health
Karl J. Indest,
Robyn A. Barbato
U.S. Air Force AcademyBacterial and fungal microbiome of the built environment for human healthAndrew J. Hoisington
Office of Naval Research
(ONR)
Bioscience program to study human microbiomes and effects on Warfighter
resilience and readiness; ethical, legal, and social implication considerations
for microbiome research; funding DoD/Navy-relevant research
Linda A. Chrisey,
Eric Fried
Army Research Office
(ARO)
Microbiology to understand complex community dynamics, engineering of
microbial communities and modeling bidirectional gut-brain axis
Robert J. Kokoska
Army Public Health Center
(APHC)
Determining the role of microbiome health in risk assessment policyLaurie E. Roszell
National Institutes of Health
(NIH)
Human Microbiome Project to explore role of endogenous microflora
in human health; integrative systems biology bioinformatic platform for
microbiome discovery studies; microbiota and drug metabolism to combat
resistant wound infections
Lita M. Proctor,
Linda Duffy,
Uma Mudunuri