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DFI Platforms and Resources

The Duchossois Family Institute is home to the Host-Microbe Metabolomics and the Microbiome Metagenomics Facilities as well as the Symbiotic Bacterial Strain Bank. Our state of the art equipment coupled with our team of researchers enable us to deliver comprehensive, accurate results on a timely basis. In conjunction with those resources, our bioinformaticians offer detailed data analysis.

The Host-Microbe Metabolomics Facility (HMMF)  provides resources to measure, characterize, and identify the metabolites produced or modified by microbes to better understand how these molecules function in microbe-microbe and host-microbe interactions/communication and how these processes influence human health and disease.  Visit the HMMF website for information regarding services and pricing.

The Microbiome Metagenomics Facility (MMF) provides bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA gene and shotgun metagenomics sequence analyses on intestinal contents and other sample types containing complex microbial populations.  Information on services and pricing can be found on the MMF website.

The Symbiotic Bacterial Strain Bank (SBSB) contains more than 2000 bacterial strains, isolated from healthy human fecal donors, that have been anaerobically cultured and characterized and are available to the research community.  If you have strain requests please visit this website.

Supporting our facilities are our bioinformaticians who provide comprehensive computational data analyses, including genome assembly and annotation, using computation software programs to analyze microbial genome sequences and characterizing their metabolite utilization and secretion to better understand how commensal bacteria impact human health.

Research Platforms