The primary goal of the Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) is to facilitate translation of CTEHR investigator research in the basic sciences into human population studies, and to “reverse translate” findings from human population-based and clinical studies into new hypothesis-driven laboratory-based research. The IHSFC will utilize “Translational Navigators” to facilitate translational environmental health research by CTEHR members and the utilization of IHFSC resources designed to support research in the Thematic Focus Areas.

  • Virtual Repository and Protocol Development
  • Microbiome Sequencing
  • Microbiome Metabolites
  • Gnotobiotic Mice
  • Metabolic Phenotyping

IHSFC Organizational Structure

organizational structure


Nicolaas (Mick) Deutz, MD, Ph.D.
Nicolaas (Mick) Deutz, MD, Ph.D.Professor and Ponder Endowed Chair
Department of Health & Kinesiology
Director of the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity, Texas A&M University.


Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.Professor and Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Department of Pediatrics – Hematology and Oncology Division
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine
  1. Virtual Repository and Protocol Development
  2. Metagenomics, Metatransciptiomics
  3. Gnotobiotic mice
  4. Metabolic Phenotyping

Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR)

Resource Navigator: Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research is coordinating and leading research and development in this area. CMMR researchers are developing molecular and informatic tools and resources to advance numerous clinical and basic research projects pertaining to the organisms that comprise the microbiome, the genetic makeup of these bacteria, viruses and eukaryotes, and how these commensal microorganisms interact with human cells and tissues during the course of life. The intent is for these projects to lead to the development of new treatments and diagnostics for a variety of heritable and infectious diseases as well as the development of additional reagents having other biotech applications.

Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL)

Resource Navigator: Nicolaas Deutz, M.D., Ph.D.

The Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) is engaged in ongoing translational research on nutrition, exercise, and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population. These diseases include, cancer, heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF). Translation of knowledge from basic and applied sciences to care and clinical practice for older adults is the overall goal of our group.

CTRAL has the ability to investigate the role of metabolism in the pursuit of healthy aging and are developing knowledge on how changes in nutrition can affect outcomes in disease and aging. The focus is on investigating the role of certain macronutrients, the small molecules that make up the building blocks of the proteins, fats and sugars in metabolism.

We work in a 5000 square foot facility in TAMU Research Park which comprises offices, a Biological Safety Level 2 lab, a wet lab, utility area, and a clinical research facility where we conduct studies with older adult human volunteers.

Center for Integrated Microbiota Research (CIMR)

Resource Navigator: Robert Alaniz, Ph.D.

The microbiota is the diverse community of beneficial microbes that symbiotically inhabit host organisms (previously referred to as the commensal flora). For humans, as with many other species, it is overwhelmingly concluded that the microbiota co-evolved as critical partners in overall organism health and fitness. Microbiota research impacts and integrates with research in cancer, obesity, physiology/nutrition, cell biology, infectious disease, neurology, and autoimmunity to name a few.

The CIMR will provide centralized germ-free/gnotobiotic animal colony facilities and expertise and technical support for CTHER investigators currently performing or developing research studies investigating the role of the microbiota in human health and complex disease. The CIMR will provide highly specialized facilities and murine models, study and experiment design consultation, experiment implementation, and assist with experiment results interpretation.

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