Duke University offers a comprehensive range of core facilities and shared resources to support microbiome research. One of the key objectives of the Duke Microbiome Center (DMC) is to ensure that these resources meet the needs of the Duke microbiome research community.  Sections 1 and 2 below list key resources supported directly or indirectly by the DMC.  For additional information, please contact these cores directly or contact us.

1. Microbiome Bioinformatics Resources

The primary resource provided by the Duke Microbiome Center is the DMC Bioinformatics Group which provides expertise and training in algorithmic, statistical, and mathematical techniques to solve problems of interest to biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine. The DMC Bioinformatics Group works with researchers in need of data analysis, provides training through workshops, and is available for consultation. The DMC Bioinformatics Group facilitates projects either through direct collaboration with investigators or through core facility services in partnership with the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (click here to learn more).

Click here to view a curated list of Computational Resources at Duke.

2. Duke Core Facility Resources for Microbiome Research

3. Guidelines Regarding Human Subjects Protection and Microbiome Research

We are happy to share these Guidelines Regarding Human Subjects Protection and Microbiome Research for individuals considering collecting human samples, research with samples that have already been collected, or research with microbes cultured or isolated from human samples. These guidelines are meant to address questions of when a full IRB protocol is needed (and which may require patient consent), when research may be considered exempt (while an IRB submission may be needed, patient consent may not), or when IRB review is not needed. Of course, these are guidelines, and if there is ever a question, the IRB remains available to help. These guidelines were developed by Sharon Ellison and Jody Power from the IRB and John Rawls, Lawrence David, Raphael Valdivia, Neil Surana, Naz Siddiqui, and many others from the DMC community.

4. Additional Duke Links

5. Related Links

6. Grant Writing Resources