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.

past and future Webinar Agendas

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

ATCC Microbial Strain Authentication Efforts

NIST Standards for Microbiome Measurements

IMMSA Working Group Launch

October 21st, 2021 12pm EST- register now!

Microbiome Standards Development at LGC - Denise O'Sullivan

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

Updates on IMMSA Working Groups - Working Group Leadership Teams

January 20th, 2022 12pm EST


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