‘Father of microbiome’ honored for revealing importance of gut microbes in human health, disease
Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been awarded the 2017 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize by Columbia University. The award is one of the top prizes honoring contributions to the biological sciences. Forty-three Horwitz Prize awardees have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.
Gordon’s work, spanning more than two decades, has led to a fundamental shift in understanding the roles of microbes in human health and disease. His work has demonstrated that the gut microbiome functions as a microbial organ within the larger human organism. Research in Gordon’s lab has shown that when this microbial organ becomes dysfunctional, it leads to disease, including obesity, and childhood malnutrition — two of the world’s most urgent health problems.
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