At Moore Lab, we study the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the largest tissue interface of humans with their environment. The GI tract absorbs energy from food for growth and sustenance, and partners with—or defends against—trillions of gut microbes.
Specifically, we study the structure and function of the GI tract during childhood. We aim to make discoveries surrounding nutrition, growth, immunity, and host-microbe interactions.
A new discovery from the University of Virginia School of Medicine about how the microbes in our guts regulate the body’s biological clock could help us battle sleep disorders, combat jet lag, fight off foodborne illness and even improve chemotherapy outcomes.