The International Microbiome Centre (IMC) Genomics platform access to and expertise in genomics sample processing, analysis and computation.


Our vision is to use genomics to harness the power of the microbiome for better living.


Our mission is to use genomics for microbiome research to understand which microbes are present and to gain a detailed understanding of the effect of the microbiome on the host environment including immune cell function health and disease. In alignment with the overall IMC mission, the imaging platform also offers the latest cutting-edge technologies for advancement of microbiome research to a broad audience of researchers (internal and external), industry and government including animal health, agriculture, energy and the environment. IMC promotes standardization of genomics protocols and is developing a global network for collaborations and partnerships to further enable translation of microbiome research.

Key Areas of Research

Early life and immune cell development

Type-1/Type-2 diabetes


Infectious disease



Preterm birth


Dr. Laura Sycuro

Dr. Laura Sycuro, Theme Lead, Genomics Platform, International Microbiome Centre

Dr. Laura Sycuro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Genomics and Bioinformatics Theme Lead for the International Microbiome Centre. Her MSc/PhD dual-degree training in Epidemiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Washington was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Upon completing her postdoc at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Sycuro focused her independent research program on the microbiome of women and their neonates. Serving as Co-Principal Investigator of the Alberta BLOOM birth cohort initiative, she was recently honoured as a CIHR Early Career Investigator in Maternal Health. In 2018, Dr. Sycuro was also appointed Functional Omics Lead for the IMPACTT Pan-Canadian Microbiome Core. Her work using genetic and genomic approaches to understand how members of the human microbiota cause disease has been published in PLoS Pathogens, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Cell.

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