Human Oral Microbiome: Collaboration Opportunity

As a follow up to the ReSourcing Big Data Symposium, this initiative of the Harvard Catalyst Translational Innovator, offered pilot funding for research proposals that utilize accessible data from the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD). Funding of up to $50,000 was available to qualified investigators for proposals completed using the complete HOMD data set and tools developed by HOMD for comparison and analysis. The goal of this opportunity is to support collaborations leading to insights about the human oral microbiome and

  1. Changes in systemic health status
  2. Metagenome, transcriptome, and proteome studies of microorganisms present in the human oral cavity
  3. Comparison with curated 16S rRNA data bases for human nose, vagina, gut, and skin microbiomes
  4. Phylogenetic comparison and analysis
  5. Oral ecological and biogeographical studies.

However, this opportunity was not limited to these areas of collaboration.

Two pilot grants were awarded in amounts up to $50,000 for each one year project.  Funding decisions were announced in December 2015.

Sponsoring Program

Translational Innovator


Colleen Cavanaugh, PhD | Combined Oligotyping and Metagenomic Approaches for a High-Resolution View of the Tongue Microbiome
Katherine Lemon, MD, PhD | Expanding the HOMD to Include Nasal- and Skin-associated Bacteria