RUMP Objectives

Welcome to RUMP
This university-wide initiative focuses on Microbiome Science Research, Education, Clinical Care, Technology transfer, and Community Outreach

"Messieurs, c'est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot." (Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.)
—Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur. Archives Photographiques, Paris


  • Develop academic, clinical, and industrial infrastructure to advance microbiome knowledge and practice.
  • Understand the ecological and biological characteristics of the human and environmental microbiomes in both health and disease, and find ways to restore to health.
  • Create a core facilities network for stakeholders to facilitate laboratory and analytical operations for microbiome research and applications.
  • Increase opportunity, outreach, and synergistic collaborations for faculty and students, industry, with state and national policy makers.
  • Partner with communities about their concerns and to educate about microbiome roles in health and disease.
  • Create a pathway for career development in microbiome studies.

News Spotlight

RUMP Annual Retreat 2023
Rachel Carmody, PhD

RUMP Annual Retreat 2023

April 25, 2023: 8:30am-5pm  

Busch Student Center: 604 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway, NJ 08854


Rachel Carmody, PhD | Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University 

Talk title: Gut microbiome plasticity and host adaptability in changing environments
Summary of talk: The gut microbiome responds rapidly to dietary change and...

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Featured Events

RUMP Innovators in Host-Microbe Interactions in Ecology & Evolution

RUMP Innovators in Host-Microbe Interactions in Ecology & Evolution

Dr. Kat Milligan-McClellan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Molecular & Cell Biology/Microbiology

University of Connecticut


Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine
679 Hoes Lane West Piscataway NJ 08854
Event Details › for RUMP Innovators in Host-Microbe Interactions in Ecology & Evolution

Faculty Spotlight

Jason Yang

Jason H. Yang, PhD

Center for Emerging Pathogens; Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics; Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar

Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Selected Publication
Lopatkin AJ, Bening SC, Manson AL, et al. Clinically relevant mutations in core metabolic genes confer antibiotic resistance. Science. 2021;371:eaba0862. doi:10.1126/science.aba0862.

Featured Publication

Big Ideas

Advance Rutgers

Listen to the Advance Rutgers Podcast

Episode One: Our Changing Microbiome

Our human microbiome helps us do so many things, like digesting our food, train our immune system, and protect against illness. But modern-day practices are changing our microbiome and potentially increasing our risk for disease. This episode features features Dr. Martin Blaser, and Professor Gloria Dominguez-Bello.

Episode Two: Eating for a Healthier Gut

A healthy gut microbiome lowers our risk for disease and helps maintain overall health. So, it’s critical for all of us to nurture our distinct microbiota. This episode features Professor Liping Zhao.