Department of Surgery
Jack Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, built, and human ecosystems.
Gilbert has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology. He serves as faculty director of the Microbiome Center, an intellectual home for researchers across the University, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and Argonne National Laboratory, to advance understanding of the identity and function of microbes. He is also group leader for microbial ecology at Argonne, a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and a scientific fellow at MBL. He serves on the advisory board of the Genomic Standards Consortium and is the founding editor in chief of the mSystems journal. In 2014, he was recognized on Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 Under 40 list, and in 2015 he was named one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider and in the Brilliant Ten by Popular Science. In 2016, he delivered the Surgical Infection Society’s 36th Altemeier Lecture and won the W. H. Pierce Prize for research excellence from the Society for Applied Microbiology.
Gilbert received his PhD from Nottingham University and pursued postdoctoral training at Queen’s University in Canada. Previously, he was a senior scientist with Plymouth Marine Laboratory in England.