Microbiota influence human biology and physiology, including nutrition, immune function, brain function and development. Changes in microbial community profiles are associated with many chronic diseases, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and periodontitis. Conversely, host metabolism and its pathologies can also affect microbiota.
The three teams interact within a transversal axis, with the aim of elucidating these relations in the context of metabolic diseases. The objectives include facilitating the identification of candidate bacterial groups, communities or metabolites, influencing intestinal homeostasis and the gut-brain and gut-liver axis. Several members of the unit are s experts in anaerobic bacteria.