ACS congratulates Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge recipients

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2017 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) congratulates the 2017 recipients of the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge. Three teams are being honored for their research, which supports novel, cross-cutting tools and methods in the field of microbiome research.

Among the selected teams are three ACS members. They are:

Raghuveer Parthasarathy, Ph.D., University of Oregon, who leads the team working to reveal the transmission mechanism of gut microbiota using genetic switches and memory elements;

Ashleigh Theberge, Ph.D., University of Washington, who leads the team working to decipher multi-kingdom communication molecules using engineered cellular traps; and

Xinrong Zhang, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, who is part of the team mapping interactions between bacterial species in situ.

Details about the teams are available on the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge website,

The Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge is an initiative to help accelerate discoveries in the field of microbiome research and includes $1 million in support from the Kavli Foundation. The American Society for Microbiology leads the effort in partnership with ACS and the American Physical Society.

The American Chemical Society is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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