Azcarate-Peril, M. Andrea
UNC Departments of Medicine and Nutrition
NC State Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Director, Microbiome Core Facility
The research aims of Dr. Azcarate-Peril are to determine the molecular mechanisms involved in modulation of gut microbial populations and their microenvironment by probiotics and prebiotics, and to identify direct molecular associations between components of the microbiome and specific gut cells or systems. They have established next-generation sequencing (NGS), other culture-independent, and culture-dependent methods to analyze the microbial community structure and function associated to animal models and humans. Additionally, Dr. Azcarate-Peril’s team focuses on the application of computational tools for interpreting complex biological data sets, specifically bacterial community structure analysis through 16S amplicon sequencing and whole-genome shotgun metagenomics to infer community functionality.