UCLA faculty members who have microbiome related funding (extra-or intramural)
Omai Garner, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UCLA
Dr. Omai Garner is a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology in the UCLA Health System. He received his PhD from UC San Diego in Biomedical Sciences. He was a Postdoctoral Clinical Microbiology CPEP Fellow in the Department of Pathology at UCLA, and a former McNair Scholar. Dr. Garner is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Dr. Garner’s research focuses on novel Point of Care Devices for infectious disease diagnosis in the developing world. Dr. Garner was always taught that science, at its best, is a collaborative process. “It is collaboration, and not competition, which produces the most significant advances in biomedical research.” He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Social Justice Learning Institute of Inglewood, California.
Relevant Recent Publications
- Cellphone-Based Hand-Held Microplate Reader for Point-of-Care Testing of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays.
Berg B, Cortazar B, Tseng D, Ozkan H, Feng S, Wei Q, Chan RY, Burbano J, Farooqui Q, Lewinski M, Di Carlo D, Garner OB, Ozcan A.
ACS Nano. 2015 Aug 25;9(8):7857-66
- Comparison of the Vitek MS and Bruker Microflex LT MALDI-TOF MS platforms for routine identification of commonly isolated bacteria and yeast in the clinical microbiology laboratory.
Deak E, Charlton CL, Bobenchik AM, Miller SA, Pollett S, McHardy IH, Wu MT, Garner OB.
Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2015 Jan;81(1):27-33.
- Detection of human viral pathogens: conventional versus molecular approaches.
Wu MT, Garner OB.
MLO Med Lab Obs. 2014 Jul;46(7):8, 10-2; quiz 14
Nandita Garud, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
Dr. Nandita Garud is an assistant professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA where she leads a computational group studying how bacteria in the human microbiome evolve. In recent work, Garud and her collaborators have quantified the evolutionary dynamics of roughly 40 prevalent species of gut bacteria. They have found that gut bacteria can evolve in healthy humans on six-month time scales, but that over our lifetimes, the bacteria inside us are completely replaced. These results suggest that gut bacteria can evolve on time scales relevant to our health, but that they do not become so personalized that they cannot be replaced. Inspired by this work, the Garud lab continues to probe the mode and tempo of evolution in the gut microbiome using a population genetics framework.
Relevant Recent Publications
- Garud NR*, Good BH*, Hallatschek O, and Pollard KS. “Evolutionary dynamics of bacteria in the gut microbiome within and across hosts.” PLoS Biology (2019). *equal contributors.
- Garud NR, Messer P, Buzbas E, and Petrov D. “Soft selective sweeps are the primary mode of adaptation in Drosophila.” PLoS Genetics 11: e1005004 (2015).
- Garud NR and Petrov DA. “Elevated linkage disequilibrium and signatures of soft sweeps are common in Drosophila melanogaster.” Genetics (2016).