DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Honors Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian for Human Microbiome Research

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, November 12, 2020 – The Danisco Foundation® has awarded the 2020 Danisco® Microbiome Science Award to Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian, Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Mazmanian has been selected for his research on the symbiotic relationship between bacterial species of the gut and the nervous and immune systems of their host.

Specifically, Dr. Mazmanian’s research focuses on the interaction between the gut microbiome and the brain and the impact of this gut-brain axis on diseases of the brain and overall immune system. His research has the potential to develop novel natural therapies to treat neurologic and immunologic disorders.

Dr. Mazmanian has received several awards and recognitions for his research including the Searle Scholar appointment in 2006, “Best Brains in Science under 40” by Discover Magazine in 2008, the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant” in 2012 and the “Science Dream Team” award from the Kavli Foundation in 2017.

Dr. Mazmanian will be formally honored at a virtual ceremony to be held on December 3, 2020 at which he will present some of his research to prominent scientists and leaders of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

“Dr. Mazmanian’s extraordinary research has contributed significantly to our understanding of the human microbiome and the impact of gut microbes on neurological and immune systems. His unmatched scientific achievements represent a powerful advancement within in the fields of health, food and nutrition and we are delighted to honor his work with the Danisco® Microbiome Science Award”, said Sebastien Guery, global leader for Technology & Innovation, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

The Danisco® Foundation itself was established in 1981 and provides funding and grants to support predominantly food science and research.  The origins of the awards began in 2002 to help improve food products, notably industrially produced foods. With time and technological advancements, the scope has expanded to food, nutrition and health and today, the Danisco® Foundation Awards also encompass specific scientific achievements within the human microbiome space.   

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