International Microbiome and Multi'omics Standards Alliance

About IMMSA:

The International Microbiome and Multi-Omics Standards Alliance (IMMSA) is an open consortium of microbiome-focused researchers from industry, academia, and government. IMMSA was formed for the mutual benefit of the entire microbiome scientific community and will focus specifically on coordinating cross-cutting efforts that address microbiome measurement challenges. IMMSA members are representative experts for all major microbiological ecosystems (e.g. human/animal, built, and environmental ecosystems) and are representative experts from various scientific disciplines including microbiology, bioinformatics, genomics, metagenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, epidemiology, and statistics. This will naturally expand as the science evolves. While remaining non-hierarchical, IMMSA will consist of a steering committee that oversees the activities of the consortium and implements the major directives of the consortium.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars!

October 20th, 2022 12pm EDT - Click here to join

2022 IMMSA Workshop Summary

Samuel Forry -NIST- Data Preview The Mosaic Interlab Study

January 19th, 2023

April 20th, 2023

July 20th, 2023

October 19th, 2023

past WebinarS and workshops


January 20th, 2022 12pm EST - recording available for IMMSA members
Katrine Whiteson - UC Irvine -
Looking into the unknowns
Updates on IMMSA Working Groups - Working Group Leadership Teams

April 21st, 2022, 12pm EDT - recording available for IMMSA members

Dr. Maryam Goudarzi - SCIEX - Bridging the gap between analytical and microbial science in microbiome research

August 23-25th, 2022

First IMMSA workshop. Recording available


April 15th, 2021, 12pm EST - recording available for IMMSA members

Scott Jackson - NIST - IMMSA Re-Launch

Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh - DOE Joint Genome Institute

Siyuan Chen- Twist Bioscience

July 15th, 2021 12pm EST - recording available for IMMSA members

Scott Jackson - NIST- Recent Progress Towards Microbiome Standards Development at NIST

Jonathan Jacobs and Briana Benton - ATCC - Data Provenance & Authenticity for Microbial Reference Genomes

IMMSA Working Group Launch

October 21st, 2021 12pm EST- recording available for IMMSA members

Denise O'Sullivan - LGC- Microbiome Standards Development at LGC

Michael McLaren - NCSU - Accounting for Taxonomic Bias in Metagenomics Experiments

Updates on IMMSA Working Groups - Working Group Leadership Teams

This website is intended to be a resource for all things related to microbial, microbiome, and metagenomic standards

Banner image- NIST mixed microbial consortia imaged by SEM.

Photo Credit: Heidi Leonard, PhD