Joseph Petrosino, PhD
Director, Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) & Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology & Department of Ophthalmology
Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Joseph Petrosino is the Director for the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at (CMMR) BCM, as well as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, and the Department of Ophthalmology. He received his B.S. with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a postdoctoral position at Baylor College of Medicine. His expertise/research interest lies in the area of microbial genomics and metagenomics.
The mission of CMMR is to serve as a “lightening rod” for metagenomic studies by 1) providing sequencing, informatics, and microbiological expertise and resources to enable metagenomic pilot studies for researchers and clinicians, 2) providing the infrastructure and critical mass of expertise to drive metagenomic studies to the next level where host-microbe interactions may be explored, 3) driving technology and analytical development to improve metagenomic capabilities for characterizing bacterial, viral, and fungal communities, and 4) translating new discoveries into the realm of personalized medicine where new therapeutics and diagnostics may be implemented. In addition, the Center is training students in the area of metagenomics and microbiome research, in particular with respect to viral metagenomics and etiologic agent discovery for diseases where viruses are thought to be involved. Dr. Petrosino was appointed to the position of Director for CMMR based on his expertise and his leadership role in the NIH Roadmap Human Microbiome Project (HMP).