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.
May 2018- Congratulations to Yang Lyu on becoming the 2018-2019 Food Science GSO Vice President
Jan 2018- Congratulations to Korin Albert on her Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant
Dec 2017- Congratulations to Xiaomeng You on her article published in Nature Partner Journals Science of Food. Linked here.
Jul 2017- Congratulations to Ezgi Özcan on her article published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology highlighted on the cover. The study is on cranberry carbohydrate utilization by gut colonizing bifidobacteria. Access the article 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.