Welcome to Dr. Pierce's lab at Moffitt Cancer Center, where we use epidemiological techniques to study the relationship between the microbiome and cancer

Dr. Pierce and her research team are exploring ways to:

  1. Detect microbiota composition in cancer patients noninvasively or as a part of routine tests
  2. Determine how the microbiota interact with the immune system to influence treatment response
  3. Determine if patient responses to cancer therapy can be predicted based on microbiota composition, function, and metabolite production
  4. Provide preliminary evidence for microbial biomarkers that may be used to develop screening tests and aides to determine appropriate treatment prescriptions in cancer patients