INTRODUCING THE CENTER FOR INTESTINAL MICROBIAL ECOLOGY (CIME) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Will in downtown Seattle, spring 2016

Will in downtown Seattle, spring 2016

I recently accepted a position as the Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics (CMiST) at the University of Washington in Seattle. From a young age I was taught that I had no right to be frustrated or angry or complain about a situation if I never tried to change it.  CMHID arose from my frustrations regarding the state of microbiome research at USC, but quickly became a cornerstone of my growing ideas and approaches to microbiome research.  

I have enjoyed bringing the CMHID together and acting as Director this past year, but due to my impending departure from Keck School of Medicine at USC, my efforts have turned to completing current research projects, fulfilling my mentoring commitments and developing a research and business strategy for the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics. With access to the largest gnotobiotic facility on the West coast, cores devoted to understanding host-microbial and microbial-microbial interactions and an environment that fosters creativity, arts in science and out of the box thinking, CMiST will be built with the same research ideals and interdisciplinary approach to science.  

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Will