Dr. Jack A. Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, a Fellow of the Marine Biological Laboratory, and group leader in microbial ecology at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also the faculty director of the Microbiome Center, a collaborative project between the University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.

An expert in microbial ecology, Dr. Gilbert’s studies microbes and how they live in and interact with nature, our bodies, and man-made settings, such as homes and hospitals. He is the cofounder of the Earth Microbiome Project and the American Gut Project and the author of Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.


  • PhD—Unilever and Nottingham University, UK
  • Postdoctoral training—Queens University, Canada

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