nChip: Screening Synthetic Ecologies
Microbes are diverse and abundant, engaging in sophisticated community-level processes that mirror higher-level multicellular organisms. Our understanding of the rules that govern microbial interactions and the emergence of exploitable properties like pathogen suppression remains nascent. We’re developing a technology called the nChip to rapidly construct thousands of microbial communities. We’ll use the nChip to characterize the prevalence of different modes of interaction and screen for optimal consortia fulfilling criteria of interest.