The Sela Lab research mission is to investigate the biology of breast milk interactions with the commensal bacteria that colonize the infant gut microbiome. In addition, we are interested in other dietary interactions with one's microbiome to impact human health and wellness. We use genomics, molecular ecology, informatics, and molecular microbiology to answer our scientific questions.
Ultimately we seek to translate fundamental knowledge to positively impact nutrition and health at all stages of development.
Jul 2017- Congratulations to Ezgi Özcan on her article published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The study is on cranberry carbohydrate utilization by gut colonizing bifidobacteria. Accepted/uncorrected draft linked here.
Jul 2017- Congratulations to Kendra Tiani and Tim Yeung on their published article on microencapsulation of lactobacilli. Early online access linked at International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
Jun 2017- Congratulations to Korin Albert on her Genome Announcement article reporting the genome sequence of Alloscardovia macacae strains isolated from rhesus macaque. Linked here.
Graduate student awards in 2017
Gerber Endowment in Pediatric Nutrition (IFT Feeding Tomorrow)
Francis Competition runner-up (Food Science)
Hultin Award Competition winner (Food Science)
Undergraduate awards in 2017
Virginia A. Beal Scholarship (Nutrition)
Carol F. Ryan award (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
21st Century Leaders Award (UMass Amherst)
Jan 2017- Cary Allen-Blevins's paper on handling stress impacting the mouse gut microbiome published in PeerJ.
Jul 2016- Troy and Angelyca's paper published in Analyst.
Apr 2016- Tim's paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology.
Oct 2015- Tim's paper on microencapsulation of Lactococcus lactispublished. Way to go Tim!
Jun 2015- Jonah awarded an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Jun 2015- The Sela Lab bids farewell to Alex, Giovanna, and Taketomo
Oct 2014- Dr. Sela presented at his alma mater in the Harrington Lecture Series
Sep 2014- Ezgi awarded a travel grant to present her research at the 2014 European Network for Gastrointestinal Health Research Conference at the Max-Rubner Institute in Germany
Sep 2014- Alex Russell awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Grant
Jun 2014- Dr. Sela presented at the Institute for Food Technology Annual Meeting at New Orleans
May 2014- Monica Gandhi presented her senior thesis at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in Boston
Apr 2014- Monica presented her senior thesis research at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
Jan 2014- Dr. Sela's paper on the "Marriage of Nutrigenomics with the Microbiome" is published in AJCN
Dec 2013- Monica Gandhi awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Grant. Way to go Monica!
Oct 2013- Dr. Sela invited to present at the International Milk Genomics Consortium Symposium