Tim Donohue, professor of bacteriology and director of the UW-Madison Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, was among a group of experts invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to speak at the launch event for the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) that took place this past Friday. The NMI, which includes funding from both federal and private stakeholders, aims to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems, including advancing the understanding of microbiome behavior and enabling the protection and restoration of healthy microbiome function.
The video of the event is posted online here.
More information about the initiative, including funding levels committed by various federal funding agencies, is available in the White House NMI announcement/fact sheet.
Donohue was also among a group to publish an editorial in mBio, titled “Toward a Predictive Understanding of Earth’s Microbiomes to Address 21st Century Challenges,” in support of the NMI.
Others from CALS were on hand for the event. Federico Rey, assistant professor of bacteriology, was in attendance, as were bacteriology instructor Melissa Christopherson and her student Sophie Carr.