Jack Gilbert is group leader for microbial ecology in the Biosciences Division, whose ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and manmade environments. His interests include the use of technologies to answer questions about microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and biogeochemistry. He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, urban, built and human ecosystems.
He is the faculty director of the new Microbiome Center, a collaboration with the University, Argonne and the Marine Biological Laboratory. He is the principal investigator for the Earth Microbiome Project, Home Microbiome Project, Gulf Microbial Modeling Project, Hospital Microbiome Project and the Chicago River Microbiome Project.