Dr. Jack Gilbert is a researcher in microbial ecology with the University of San Diego, where he serves as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Gilbert is also the Group Leader in Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory and the Editor in Chief of the journal mSystems. He was previously a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, the Faculty Director of the Microbiome Center, and Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

He co-founded the Earth Microbiome Project and the American Gut Project, and he co-authored the book Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.


  • BSc – King's College London, UK
  • PhD – Unilever and Nottingham University, UK

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