Center for Microbiome Research


Overview of Services

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Microbiome Research (CMR). We are dedicated to providing specialized resources for translational and basic research endeavors on the microbiome. Our goal is to promote education on the microbiome and its impact on human health.

The CMR and its staff provide expertise and technical support for microbiome-focused research, including initial project consultation, sample collection and processing, data analysis, and interpretation. The CMR maintains the Gnotobiotic Core Facility (GCF), a dedicated space for conducting axenic (aka germ-free) and gnotobiotic rodent studies within the MCW Biomedical Resource Center (BRC).

Services: Consultation - Microbiome Experimental Design; Consultation - Microbiome Sample Collection, Processing, and Sequencing; Consultation - Cost Projections, Budgets, and Verbiage for Funding Applications; Sample Collection Supplies; Nucleic Acid Extractions; Bioinformatics

Resources: Gnotobiotic Core Facility (assisted use only, no independent access); Nucleic Acid Extractions (assisted, independent); Bioinformatics (16S, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, Visium, single-cell, RNA-seq)


Nita Salzman, MD, PhD | Founding Director

Mary Holtz, PhD | Research Operations Manager

Jennifer Ziegelbauer | GCF Manager, Bench Services Manager 

Samantha Atkinson, PhD | Bioinformatician

Amy Pan, PhD | Biostatistician

Chris Mueller | Dept. Administrator

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm                 

8701 Watertown Plank Road

Milwaukee, WI 53226

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