Studying the microbiome to advance rheumatology

Nayak Lab Opens!
The Nayak Lab seeks to understand the mechanisms by which the gut microbiome impacts the treatment of rheumatic disease. A major driving force of the lab is the advancement of precision medicine for patients with rheumatic disease.

The Nayak Lab is live! This website is still in development. Feel free to contact us with questions.

Patients: If you are a patient and interested in learning more about participating in microbiome research, let us know by filling out this survey.

Trainees: We have positions open for talented trainees (post-doctoral scholars, clinical fellows, medical / graduate students). Feel free to contact us for details. UCSF Programs for undergrads, post-baccs, and current medical students include: SF-BUILD, PROPEL, and SOM Inquiry.

Summer Students: Students interested in summer internships should apply through UCSF-sponsored programs: SRTP, Arthritis Foundation UCSF-Stanford Summer Internship, SEP (high school students). 

The Nayak Lab seeks to advance our knowledge of the gut microbiome and its impact on rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's, lupus, and others. We use multiple state-of-the-art technologies, including bacterial genomics, metabolomics, anaerobic microbiology, bacterial genetics, gnotobiotic animal models, and studies of patient cohorts to elucidate the mechanisms by which gut microbiota impact patient response to treatment of rheumatic disease. A major driving force of the lab is the advancement of precision medicine for patients with rheumatic disease.