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M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, GI Division

Director, UNC Microbiome Core

School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD is associate professor of medicine, GI Division in the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill.  She is also the founding and current director of the UNC Microbiome Core, which provides research and technical support to investigators interested in addressing the roles of the host-associated microbiota in health and disease.


Dr. Azcarate-Peril is a microbiologist by training and has extensive experience in the characterization of complex microbial populations and functional metagenomics using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods, including next-generation sequencing. Her research projects have focused on the functional genomics of probiotics and gut microbiome modulation by prebiotics for over 20 years, resulting in over 60 peer-reviewed publications.


Dr. Azcarate-Peril’s current projects aim to define modulators of the gut microbiome capable of reversing dysbioses induced by age, diet and nutritional behaviors. She is particularly interested in the development of application-directed probiotic strains to address and prevent gastrointestinal disorders.  She is currently funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

Speaker Disclosure Statement:

M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD, has disclosed the she has served as a consultant for Ritter Pharmaceuticals.

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