Cathryn Nagler Lab

What is a microbiome?

How the microbiome affects human health, explained

The human microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms. Scientists around the world, like Dr. Nagler, are beginning to understand the role the microbiome plays in human health.

Microbial Ambassadors

Microbial ambassadors against food allergies

Early disruptions in the composition of the gut microbiome can directly influence digestive and immune function in ways that put children at greater risk.

Ted Talk


Dr. Nagler’s presentation on campus, April 2019

National Geographic

National Geographic: The Microbiome Menagerie

Trillions of microbes call our body home. Now we’re learning they are crucial for our health

The Nagler Lab Team

The Nagler Lab Team

[left to right] Dr. Shijie Cao, Yanlin Su, Edward Ionescu, Dr. Andrea Kemter, Dr. Robert Patry, Dr. Mohamed Bashir, Dr. Lisa Maccio Maretto, Lauren (Ande) Hesser, Jack Arnold, Evelyn Campbell and Dr. Cathryn Nagler.

Not pictured: Undergraduates Anjali Mirmira, Nidhi Talasani, Matthew Sabados, and Alex Trickey. Lab manager Matthew Bauer

The End of an Epidemic

The End of an Epidemic

The number of people with food allergies has exploded in recent years. A dream team of Chicago researchers and scientists may have figured out why, and now they’re developing therapies that could lead to…

The Nagler Laboratory

How do immune cells in the intestinal mucosa distinguish innocuous dietary antigens and trillions of commensal bacteria from pathogenic microbes and mount an appropriate response to each?

Our laboratory is pursuing several different, but complementary, lines of research aimed at examining the mechanisms regulating non-responsiveness to these stimuli in healthy individuals and its abrogation in food allergy. Our murine disease models will provide the pre-clinical basis for future translational studies aimed ultimately at the development of novel immunotherapeutic modalities.