The complex community of microbes residing in our gut, also known as the gut microbiota, is currently seen as an organ of vertebrate animals which has multiple functions such as food processing and pathogen defense. The Mills lab is dedicated to the study of the commensal and pathogenic bacterial components of the gut microbiota, and their interactions with each other and the host. An important, secondary goal, is to utilize our knowledge to promote the wellbeing of humans and food animals, such as poultry, and fish. Importantly, food animals are not only a good target for gut microbiota manipulation, but are also good models to learn about our own gut microbiota.

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