Mining the Human Body with Michael Fischbach, PhD

June 27, 2011
Many of the drugs developed over the years have not come from human beings, but the best chemists on the planet: microorganisms.

Michael Fischbach, PhD

In Search of Natural Products

Having developed an algorithm that discovered a large quantity of drug-producing bacteria in and on humans, Fischbach has turned his lab’s attention to studying their populations and interactions with each other. This, he posits, can greatly influence a person’s overall health and disease.

Michael Fischbach, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Funding for Fischbach’s research is provided by the National Institutes of Health, Probiotics Research Council, Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research and the W.M. Keck Foundation. 

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