About Us


Our mission is to empower microbiome science for the design and prediction of microbial communities in animal, plant, human, environmental, and engineered systems.


In 2013, a small group of faculty at Ohio State University began organizing around the study of microbial communities across environments and within animal and human hosts. In 2017, this science gained more formal recognition on campus with the establishment of the Microbial Communities Thematic Program as part of Infectious Diseases Institute. Built on the early efforts and energy of many individuals across campus, The Center of Microbiome Science (CoMS) was launched in 2020 and represents faculty from 7 different colleges at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As of 2020, our center is also part of the Microbiome Centers Consortium.



Founding Director: Matthew Sullivan – College of Arts and Sciences &  College of Engineering, sullivan.948@osu.edu






Executive Director: Seth A. Faith – Infectious Diseases Institute, faith.3@osu.edu

Associate Director: Vanessa Hale – College of Veterinary Medicine, hale.502@osu.edu 

Executive Advisory Board

Karen Dannemiller – College of Engineering

Steven Goodman – Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Jiyoung Lee – College of Public Health & College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Phillip Popovich – College of Medicine

Zakee Sabree – College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher G. Taylor – College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences

Jenessa Winston – College of Veterinary Medicine