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Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD

Scientific Advisor


Dr. Sarkis K. Mazmanian, Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology

Dr. Mazmanian is one of the leading researchers of the human microbiome in the world.  His laboratory focuses on research into the human gut microbiome to understand the causes of various immunologic and neurologic disorders, with a specific focus on developing probiotic treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

He is the Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and an Investigator of the Heritage Medical research Institute.

He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, where Dr. Mazmanian also received his PhD training in microbiology and immunology. He was awarded a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship, and subsequently appointed assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in 2006, and later that year founded his own laboratory to Caltech.

Dr. Mazmanian has won numerous awards including a Searle Scholar, Young Investigator of the Year at Harvard Medical School, Damon Runyon Innovation Award, was named by Discover Magazine as one of the “Best Brains in Science under 40”, “Life Science Superstar” by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, and recently received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award.

In addtion to his academic work he is a founder of 2 biotech companies.

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