Rising star Suzanne Devkota, PhD, is passionate about the convergence of food, health, and the bugs that live in our guts. Her ever-present “poop pillow” serves as an icebreaker for her mission to destigmatize discussion of fecal matter.
Gastroenterologist Mark Pimentel, MD, and endocrinologist Ruchi Mathur, MD, are not only married, but they’ve also successfully united their two fields of research. Here, they retrace the evolution of their unlikely partnership as medical investigators.
Illustration: Edmon de Haro DEFINITION: The fungal component of the body’s microbiome, technically referred to as the mycobiome. The microbiome is popularly understood to be the community of bacteria that live and work in our guts and on our skin. Read On
This timeline traces the research of Stephan Targan, MD, from the seed of a great idea to tangible advancements in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Suzanne Devkota, PhD, a Cedars-Sinai research scientist, parses the relationship of diet, the gut microbiome, and disease.
Photo illustration: Dan Saelinger Methane-producing bacteria. Mutating genes. Hunger-inducing hormones. Understanding the myriad microscopic factors inside our bodies that contribute to weight gain and obesity could help curb the epidemic—and tip the scale toward improved disease prevention. In the clinic’s Read On