Gut microbiota is a complex community of microorganisms living in our lower intestine. Recent technological advances have allowed researchers to begin to define the composition and function of this dynamic community. But we still don’t fully understand how specific dietary interventions can change the gut — and our health.
Katie Meyer, Sc.D., and a team of researchers at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute are exploring gut microbiota — which is commonly associated as a contributor to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, immune disorders and even moods — and how it may influence our overall health. Her team hopes to understand the gut’s promise as a target for health interventions and to inform dietary guidelines. Ultimately, UNC NRI hopes to design personalized diets to optimize health and intervene at the microbiome level.