LUNG HIV MICROBIOME PROJECT (LHMP)
Principal Investigator: Mary Foulkes, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Jablonski, Ph.D.
The Biostatistics Center serves as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for the Lung HIV Microbiome Project (LHMP). The NIH Roadmap Human Microbiome Project is beginning to take advantage of metagenomic analysis to study microbiome-host interactions, and the LHMP will further contribute to that effort by focusing on the diseases that, alone or concurrently, interact with the microbiome of the lung. With its specific focus on the microbiome of the lung alone or in combination with the nasal and/or oropharyngeal cavities in HIV-infected individuals, the LHMP augments and expands the HMP efforts. The LHMP consists of 6 clinical/sequencing centers, the DCC and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) program staff. The aim of the LHMP network is to bring the distinct efforts at multiple clinical/sequencing centers together under a single infrastructure, combining the expertise accumulated across the range of involved disciplines in a focused and concentrated collaboration.)