Photo Credit: Health worker screening samples for blood parasites, in Rwanda. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett

A Global Team of Researchers

The Global Microbiome Conservacy (GMbC) consortium is an independent network of accomplished researchers dedicated to expanding our understanding of the human microbiome and the practice of inclusive science.

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Radically Expanding Our View of the Microbiome

Microbiome science has the potential to transform our understanding of human health but current research is narrowly focused on Western, industrialized populations. The GMbC consortium fills a crucial gap in knowledge and scientific leadership by collecting samples and data from underrepresented regions. To date, the consortium has collected and shared microbiome diversity derived from the stool samples of 1,200+ participants from over 30 previously unrepresented communities around the world.


Leadership and Operations

The Global Microbiome Conservancy is an academic research network led by Mathieu Groussin, PhD and Mathilde Poyet, PhD who run a joint laboratory at Kiel University. Groussin and Poyet also serve as co-chairs of the Scientific and Ethics Advisory Board (SEAB) of the GMbC program at OpenBiome.

GMbC consortium members collaborate to advance microbiome research capacity and knowledge while also indepdently pursuing their own academic activities including leading scientific studies and fundraising.

Collecting and Sharing Microbiome Diversity

The GMbC consortium has built an independent, globally representative collection of healthy human microbiome materials and data, with primary samples, bacterial isolates, and derivatives to enable functional and mechanistic research.



Photo Credit: GMbC team processing stool samples in an improvised laboratory by a Bedik village in southeastern Senegal. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by F. Rondon

A Global Community of Scientists

The GMbC consortium is made up of the following researchers from:


Ana Binetti

Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe

Gabriel Vinderola

Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe


Ana Paula Schaan

Federal University of Para, Belem

Ă‚ndrea Ribeiro dos Santos

Federal University of Para, Belem


Vanessa Juimo

L’Institut de recherche pour le développement, Yaoundé

Alain Fezeu

L’Institut de recherche pour le développement, Yaoundé


Jesse Shapiro

University of Montreal, Montreal

Catherine Girard

University of Montreal, Montreal

Central African Republic

Ernest Lango-Yaya

Université de Bangui


Ainara Sistiaga

University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen


Tamrat Abebe

Addis Ababa University School of Medicine, Addis Ababa


Jenni Lehtimäki

University of Helsinki, Helsinki

Tommi Vatanen

University of Helsinki, Helsinki


Laure SĂ©gurel

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

Alain Froment

Musée de l’Homme, Paris


Yaw Asante Awuku

University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences, Cape Coast

Mary K Yeboah Afihene

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi

Adwoa Agyei

School of Medicine and Dentistry College of Health Sciences, Accra


Nasrum Massi

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Hasanuddin University, Makassar

Agussalim Bukkari

Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine Hasanuddin University, Makassar


Khalid Ibrahim

Biology Department, Faculty of Science. University of Zakho

CĂ´te d'Ivoire

Souleymane Cisse

Centre de Ressources Biologiques Institut Pasteur de Côte d’Ivoire

Edwige Kouadio Ayebe

Centre de Ressources Biologiques Institut Pasteur de Côte d’Ivoire


Fatimah Ibrahim

Centre for Innovation in Medical Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Tan Maw Pin

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Yvonne Ai Lian Lim

Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur


Seydou Doumbia

University of Bamako, Bamako


Dibesh Karmcharya

Center for Molecular Dynamics, Kathmandu


Charles Onyekwere

Lagos State University College of Medicine, Lagos


Muhammad Imran

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad


John Rusine

National Reference Laboratory, Kigali

Ivan E Mwikarago

National Reference Laboratory, Kigali


Awa Deme

Aristide Le Dantec Hospital, Dakar

Daouda Ndiaye

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar

Aida Sadikh Badiane

Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar


Amelie Plymoth

Karolinska Institutet

Yvonne Nartey

Karolinska Institutet


Audax Mabulla

University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam

Shani Mangola Msafir Sigwazi


Ratha-korn Vilaichone

Thammasat University Hospital, Bangkok

Varocha Mahachai

Clulalongkorn University, Bangkok


Joseph Ngonzi

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

United States

Sean Gibbons

Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle

Christopher Corzett

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Roger Summons

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Lisa Bebell

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Mary Noel

Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer

Eric Alm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lewis Roberts

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Lee Soo Ching

National Institute of Health

Kenneth Valles

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

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