Jack A. Gilbert
Jack A. Gilbert is the group leader for Microbial Ecology in the Biosciences Division whose ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and man-made environments. Jack’s interests include the use of ‘omics technologies (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, metametabolomics) to answer questions about microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and biogeochemistry.
He currently manages the Earth Microbiome Project, which is an ongoing effort to characterize the microbial diversity of our planet.
Jack also develops predictive models that help capture our understanding of ecosystem function mediated by microorganisms. His work spans the scale of microbial influence, from exploring how bacterial and archaeal communities in soil and coal seams mediate methane production, to creating predictive understanding microbial community structure and function at the global scale. His research spans, flood plains, forests, and grasslands, to buildings, humans, and aerobiology. His primary aim is to identify fundamental trends that can be used to predict microbial ecology dynamics in any ecosystem.
Jack is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, and the Associate Director of the Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology. Finally, he has a joint appointment at the Marine Biological laboratory in Woods Hole.
He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of mSystems™, an open-access journal by the American Society for Microbiology.
He runs multiple externally funded initiatives, including The Home Microbiome Project that is exploring how humans interact with the bacteria living in their homes, and the Hospital Microbiome Project, which is examining how adding patients and staff into a hospital building effects the development of microbial communities and important pathogens.