Introducing our O’Farm Experts: professional advisors to provide support and education as you navigate all the stages of parenthood. Suzanne Devkota, PhD is an expert on the gut microbiome. Meet the rest of our experts here.
Our gut microbiome is a collection of bacteria, fungi, viruses, amoeba, and other microscopic living organisms in our GI tract. It plays a big role in our health (breaking down food, supporting the immune system, absorbing vitamins), is formed at birth and molded through childhood, and is affected by everything we eat.
We couldn’t be champions of health and wellness—especially childhood nutrition—without considering the importance of the gut microbiome. And so we’ve enlisted the help of Suzanne Devkota, PhD, Director of the Human Microbiome Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Devkota’s role within the O’Farm community includes advising us on recipe and product formulation and helping us educate on gut health and the microbiome through our blog and social media channels.
About Dr. Devkota
Dr. Devkota is Director of the Human Microbiome Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA, as well as an adjunct investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. She has been studying the effect of diet on the gut microbiome and inflammatory diseases for the past 12 years. investigating dietary drivers of gut microbiome structure and function in inflammatory bowel diseases and metabolic diseases.
Her research has been published in top journals Nature, Science, and Cell, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She completed her masters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Nutritional Sciences, her Ph.D in Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition at The University of Chicago, and her post-doctoral training at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School.