A car carrying lab supplies traveling on a dirt road


Photo Credit: The GMbC team on the way to a Hadza village in Tanzania. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett

Capacity Building for Global Researchers

OpenBiome knows the transformative power of the microbiome to treat C. difficile infections and unlock new solutions to public health concerns. Now, we are taking our mission global to ensure scientists everywhere can use microbiome science to improve the health of their communities.

An Equitable Approach to Microbiome Science

A group of scientists collecting and testing samples at a mobile site somewhere on the African continent

Photo Credit: GMbC team processing stool samples in Central African Republic. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by Mathieu /Groussin

OpenBiome believes in the importance of a global scientific movement fueled by strong local capacity and networks.

Through the Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMbC) program, we engage in long-term partnerships with collaborators around the world. We provide researchers and scientists in under-resourced countries with training, tools, and access to our knowledge sharing platform. Our ultimate mission is to grow microbiome research capacity worldwide.

A group of three scientists at a mobile lab pouring liquid nitrogen onto samples


Photo Credit: The GMbC team fills a cryotank with liquid nitrogen in Thailand. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett

How We Build Partner Research Capacity

  • Infastructure

    Infrastructure and Physical Resources: Improve access to laboratory supplies, equipment, and data storage capability.

  • SkillsAndTraining

    Skills and Training: Share our expertise in microbiology, molecular biology, biobanking, and bioinformatics.

  • GrantFunding

    Grants and Funding: Identify funding opportunities and host workshops to improve grant writing skills.

  • PublishingAndConferences

    Publishing and Conferences: Support researchers through the publication process and to access conferences.

  • ClinicalTrialDesign

    Connection and Networks: Introduce researchers to potential collaborators, mentors, and mentees.

Convening a Global Research Community

OpenBiome is excited and privileged to be working with dozens of researchers on the front lines of urgent public health challenges. Our Global Research Consortium members are located around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central and southeast Asia.

This network of accomplished scientists is radically expanding our understanding of microbiome science by collecting samples and data from underrepresented communities. Together with them, we have built the most globally diverse microbiome collection as a shared research tool to improve health worldwide.

A group of global scientists in a conference setting holding their thumbs up


Photo Credit: Memorandum of Agreement ceremony between the GMbC and the University of Malaya, Malaysia. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett

“We got involved in the GMbC to include people from Thailand in microbiome science. This has enabled researchers from our university to learn about modern sequencing and anaerobic culturing techniques, as well as develop our own research on gastrointestinal diseases and Helicobacter pylori.

— Professor Varocha Mahachai, gastroenterologist and member of the Center of Excellence in Digestive Diseases at the Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand


Help Us Support Global Microbiome Research

Contact us to learn how you can help researchers realize the full global potential of microbiome science to improve the health of people worldwide.

We’re always open to discuss ideas on how to improve access to equipment, training, mentorship, or other resources.

The Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMbC)Program at OpenBiome


Help us build a world where the full potential of the microbiome radically improves health for all

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