Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

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UCLA receives $20 million to establish Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

Among the most promising areas of scientific inquiry is the study of the human microbiome and its effect on health. To fuel more rapid progress in this field, Andrea and Donald Goodman and Renee and Meyer Luskin have made a $20 million gift to establish the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center. Research at the center will focus on the microbiome’s role in disease prevention and the body’s immune response with the goal of developing new treatments.

Endowed fellowship in microbiome research

Applications are being accepted for the center's inaugural Goodman-Luskin Endowed Fellowship in Microbiome Research. The award of approximately $100,00 includes support for salary and project-related expenses to support excellence in microbiome research related to the center's focus areas.

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GLMC Seminar Series

Seminar series

Join us for this monthly seminar series where invited guest speakers, Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center faculty and UCLA trainees present their latest research findings and discuss evolving areas of interest in the many ways the microbiome interacts with human health.

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Bridget L. Callaghan, PhD

UCLA receives grant to study gut-brain signaling in youth with anxiety, depression

Bridget L. Callaghan, PhD, Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center member and assistant professor of psychology at UCLA, was awarded $3,891,851 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the microbiota-gut-brain axis pathways associated with depression and anxiety in adversity-exposed adolescents.  


Feeding the lonely brain

A new UCLA Health study has found that women who perceive themselves to be lonely exhibited activity in regions of the brain associated with cravings and motivation towards eating especially when shown pictures of high calorie foods such as sugary foods. The same group of women also had unhealthy eating behaviors and poor mental health.



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Hack Your Health: The Secrets of Your Gut - Now streaming on Netflix

Delve into the digestive system with this lighthearted and informative documentary that demystifies the role gut health plays in our overall well-being. Dr. Arpana Church, co-director of the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center, provides expert commentary in this Netflix documentary that aired April 26. Stream it today!


Elaine Hsiao, PhD

Elaine Y. Hsiao, PhD, named among world’s most influential researchers

Dr. Hsiao, director of the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center, was one of 40 UCLA faculty members named among the world’s most influential researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The Highly Cited Researchers list, compiled annually by analytics firm Clarivate, identifies scholars whose work has most often been cited in papers published by other researchers in their fields over the past decade. Those named to the 2023 list have authored studies that rank in the top 1% worldwide in scholarly citations. 

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Paul S. Weiss, PhD

Paul S. Weiss, PhD, named to National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Weiss was chosen as a 2023 fellow by the National Academy of Inventors. Election to an academy fellowship is the highest professional distinction awarded to inventors. He holds the UC presidential chair in chemistry and leads an interdisciplinary research group at UCLA that studies the atomic-scale properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies.