Jack Gilbert BSc, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics; Director, Microbiome and Metagenomics Center; Co-Founder, Earth Microbiome Project; Co-Founder, American Gut Project, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Professor Jack Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Unilever and Nottingham University in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training at Queens University, Canada. From 2005-2010 he was a senior scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and from 2010-2018 he was Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, a Professor of Surgery, and Director of The Microbiome Center at University of Chicago. In 2019 he moved to UC San Diego, where he is a Professor in Pediatrics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marine Science, and Director of both the Microbiome and Metagenomics Center and the Microbiome Core Facility. Dr. Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He cofounded the Earth Microbiome Project and American Gut Project. He's the founding Editor in Chief of mSystems journal, has authored over 450 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and co-authored “Dirt is Good”, a popular science guide to the microbiome and children’s health. He founded BiomeSense Inc to produce automated microbiome sensors. Dr Gilbert is the UCSD PI for the NIH’s $175M Nutrition for Precision Medicine program. In 2023 he became President of Applied Microbiology International and won the 2023 IFF Microbiome Science Prize.

Email: gilbertjack@gmail.com