DURHAM, N.C. – Five faculty members with primary or secondary appointments at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment are affiliated with the new Duke Microbiome Center.

The center was launched earlier this year to address the rapidly expanding interest among the public and scientific community in the pervasive roles of microbial communities in human health, the environment and biotechnology.

Thirty-seven faculty members from across Duke’s campus are affiliated with the center.

Those with primary appointments at the Nicholas School are Dana Hunt, assistant professor of microbial biology; Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science; and Jennifer Wernegreen, associate professor of environmental and evolutionary genomics.

Those with secondary appointments at the Nicholas School are Emily Bernhardt, Jerry B. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of biogeochemistry, and Claudia Gunsch, Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor of civil and environmental engineering.

The goal of the new Microbiome Center is to expand access to state-of-the-art molecular research facilities and resources for Duke faculty and students. It will also work to spur increased interdisciplinary research, and to provide new teaching and training resources.