Announcing the winner of the 2017 Microbiome Awards


We would like to thank everyone who applied for the 2017 Microbiome Awards. We received a large number of outstanding applications and the decision to select a winner was very difficult. We are delighted to share the news that Dr. Michael Montague from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of this year’s award.

Dr. Montague’s project aims to study the brain-gut network in free-range macaques, to understand the effects of social integration on microbial diversity and serotonin synthesis. Dr. Montague is a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Platt at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

Dr. Montague will receive a research package consisting of the following: a two-year license to Microbial Genomics Pro Suite, analysis of 250 samples using the Cosmos ID Genomics Platform, NGS library prep of 96 samples using any NGS library prep kit or $3,000 USD NGS library prep services, sample prep of 400 samples using any DNA or RNA isolation kit or $3,000 USD in sample prep services and a QIAcube instrument. The total prize is worth $65,000 USD.

The judging panel for the Microbiome Awards consisted of independent, distinguished representatives from various institutions and universities, who are currently leading the field of microbiome research. The panel included world-renowned microbiome scientists Lauren Ambrogio from AOBiome, Elizabeth Bik from uBiome, David Coil from the University of California, and Davis and Emily Hollister from Baylor College of Medicine. Get more information about the judges.


More details about Dr. Montague’s award-winning project can be found at For more information about the Microbiome Awards, visit Applications for the 2018 Microbiome Awards will open in May, and will include a new category for students in the process of completing their PhD. Thanks to the entrants and judges of the 2017 Microbiome Awards for making this a success.

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Vishwadeepak Tripathi

Vishwadeepak Tripathi, PhD is a Global Market Manager at QIAGEN. He received his PhD in biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Dr. Tripathi studied the role of chaperones and co-chaperones in protein folding and quality control and authored a number of scientific publications. He was also at RIKEN Institute in Japan where he studied the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease in cellular and mice models. He is currently interested in biomarker research, NGS and neurodegeneration.

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