March Update: Microbiome Immunity Project

Work continues on three papers about the project, and one of the researchers will be speaking about the project at a conference later this month.


Trillions of bacteria live inside and on our bodies. The Microbiome Immunity Project is using the computational power of World Community Grid to study the proteins produced by these bacteria, which are encoded in their genomes. This can help scientists understand the role of the microbiome in disease.

So far, the researchers have run more than 300,000 protein sequences through their pipeline, and they have more sequences to run in the future.

Winter RosettaCon 2021

Dr. Julia Koehler Leman, one of the research team members, will be speaking about the project at Winter RosettaCon 2021, a virtual conference for users of Rosetta software. (Rosetta, which was created for molecular modeling, is used by the Microbiome Immunity Project research team to study the proteins produced by the bacteria inside the human gut microbiome.)

Papers in progress

The researchers are working simultaneously on three papers that are at various stages in the creation process. One of the papers has already been submitted to an academic journal for review, and the researchers are analyzing data sets for the other two.

Current status of work units

  • Available for download: 5,759 batches
  • In progress: 3,352 batches (5,852,847 work units)
  • Completed: 327,167 batches (1,237 batches in the past 30 days,
    an average of 41.23 batches per day)
  • Estimated backlog: 139 days 


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