Dr. M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Director
M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Ph. D. is assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and director of the Microbiome Core Facility in the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph. D. in Microbiology from the National University of Tucuman (Argentina) and had previous appointments in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University and the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA, Valencia, Spain). Dr. Azcarate-Peril currently conducts research in modulation of the host-associated microbiota by prebiotics and probiotics. She has extensive experience in physiology and functional genomics of probiotic strains. Dr. Azcarate-Peril uses molecular biology, genomics, and next-generation sequencing tools to address questions relevant to the role of the intestinal microbiota in human health and disease. She is on the editorial board of Applied and Enviromental Microbiology and Frontiers in Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology. Dr. Azcarate-Peril is member of Sigma Xi - Scientific Research Society (NC State), Gamma Sigma Delta - Honor Society of Agriculture (NC State), and the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology & Disease (UNC Chapel Hill). In 2008, she received a Junior Faculty Simmons Scholarship, an award given to promising minority professionals.
Dr. Butz is a Research Associate at CGIBD and Microbiome Core Facility, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She got her Ph. D in Genetics in Kiev, Ukraine and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Lerner Research Institute Cleveland Clinic Foundation and at Department of Genetics at UNC. She also had a previous appointment as a Research Associate at the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutic (School of Pharmacy, UNC). As a Research Associate at the Microbiome Core Facility Dr. Butz provides research support to an investigators in a study of complex microbial communities using diverse molecular techniques and in particular, Next Generation Sequencing platforms. She possesses an extensive experience in classical methods and modern techniques of cellular and molecular biology with emphasis on assay design and development, providing her ability to design, perform and interpret experiments in order to analyze complex microbial populations. Dr. Butz has published the results of her research in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, participated in national and international meetings and has been a recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Research Training Grant.
María Belén Cadenas, Ph. D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Microbiome Core Facility in the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph. D. in Cell Molecular Biology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and had previous appointments in the Department of Clinical Science and in the Molecular Biomedical Sciences Department, School of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. She has extensive experience in Cell Cycle, Skin Cancer and Molecular Diagnostic applied to Microbiology, Blood Borne Pathogens and Minimal Residue Disease in Child Leukemia.
Andrea Monteagudo-Mera, Ph. D. is a postdoctoral research associate in the Microbiome Core Facility, Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andrea Monteagudo-Mera received her B.S degree in Biology from University of Leon, Spain, in 2005. At the end of 2010 she completed her Ph. D studies at the same university. Her thesis research focused on the evaluation of the potential probiotic of lactic acid bacteria strains.
She joined the Azcarate-Peril lab in July 2012 and she is currently interested on the modulation of the gut microbiota by probiotics and prebiotics.