The Agricultural Systems and Microbial Genomics Laboratory (ASMG Laboratory) was established to support Dr. Dou and Dr. Pitta in their research endeavors.
Dr. Pitta is the ruminant nutrition and microbiologist at the Center for Animal Health and Productivity (CAHP), New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Research at the ASMG lab focuses primarily on the gut microbial composition of ruminants utilizing advanced molecular methodologies. The alimentary tract of a ruminant is colonized by millions of microbes living in a symbiotic relationship with the host. Therefore, knowledge of the microbial composition of the entire gut can provide insights into improving the overall health and productivity of the animal. Our research also has broad environmental implications into such diverse applications as methane mitigation, reduction of the spread of antibiotic resistance, and human health.
The recent advent of next generation sequencers has greatly enhanced our ability to explore community microbial populations. The ASMG lab has the capabilities to perform genomic, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic studies including sample preparation, genomic DNA and RNA extraction, and generation of 16S amplicon libraries for sequencing on next-generation platforms. The sequenced data is analyzed at the ASMG laboratory utilizing the appropriate bioinformatics tools for data interpretation.
The ASMG group collaborates with other researchers and clinicians both within the University of Pennsylvania as well as at other institutions. Our research is routinely published and presented at conferences. We also work with students from multiple backgrounds, ranging from high school through postdoctoral, who have used their time in our lab to further develop their knowledge of microbial genomics and its applications.
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