Fiona Tamburini - Senior Scientist, Human Pathobiology & OMNI Reverse Translation, OMNI Bioinformatics

Fiona Tamburini

Senior Scientist, Human Pathobiology & OMNI Reverse Translation, OMNI Bioinformatics

"Working at Genentech has given me the opportunity to pragmatically apply my microbiome knowledge and computational biology training to collaboratively solve urgent problems in medicine."
3
Years at Genentech
5
Awards & Honors

I began my PhD journey with plans to study the human genome, but quickly became captivated by the dynamic reservoir of genetic potential inside our gut: the microbiome. Motivated to understand how our microbes influence our health, my PhD work focused on investigating the gut microbiome as a reservoir for bloodstream pathogens, as well as collaborating with researchers in Johannesburg, South Africa to profile the gut microbiome of understudied populations undergoing rapid lifestyle transition.

At Genentech, my fascination with the microbiome continues. My research leverages clinical trial data and microbiome samples to describe how gut bacteria associate with – and possibly drive -- inflammatory bowel disease, with the goal of understanding the precise interactions between humans and their commensal microbiota so that we can design better therapies.

Featured Publication

Precision identification of diverse bloodstream pathogens in the gut microbiome

Nat Med 24, 1809–1814 (2018).

Tamburini, F.B., Andermann, T.M., Tkachenko, E., Senchyna F., Banaei N., Bhatt A.S.