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Diverse communities of symbiotic microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, “Microbiota”, inhabit nearly every surface of the body exposed to the environment, in particular the skin, oral, and gut epithelium. Many studies have shown that microbiota composition, in particular in the intestine, strongly influences disease susceptibility. This applies to multiple inflammatory, metabolic, infectious, and neurodegenerative diseases. 

The “Microbiota” research group's focus is on defining the skin, oral, and gut microbiota in the UAE population. Eventually, we aim to identify defined bacterial “probiotic” species and their products for therapy of common diseases in the UAE.