The American Microbiome Institute is a non-profit organization, established in 2013, dedicated to advancing microbiome science and education.
The mission of the American Microbiome Institute is to make tremendous improvements to human health through microbiome science.
Who we are
David McKeon: Co-Founder, Co-CEO
David is the Chief of Staff at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF). He received a degree in biomedical engineering and engineering science from Tufts University where he was captain of the Men's Soccer Team. He believes that nonprofit organizations play a critical role in advancing and furthering research for the improvement of human health. David is an avid sports fan and continues to enjoy playing.
William Bonificio, Ph.D.: Co-Founder, Co-CEO
William received his doctorate at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. During the course of his research he has worked on multiple microbiology projects that have taught him skills and expertise that he has translated to his leading role with the American Microbiome Institute. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and like David, is an avid sports fan.
Becky is a junior at Boston College studying Biochemistry. Aside from writing for the blog here, she is the Chief Writer for the Current Research section of Boston College’s new Life Science Journal. Becky’s main areas of interest are microbiology and cellular biology. In her free time she enjoys reading and running.
Bryce is a scientist at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. He holds a degree in neuroscience from Bucknell University, where he worked in a neurophysiology lab and competed on the Men’s Swim Team. Bryce believes that effective communication of science is critical toward advancing healthcare. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, following sports, and climbing.
Laura O'Donohue: Social media manager
Laura received her degree in Anthropology from UC San Diego. She is the founder and co-director of the Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference. In addition to working on social media for AMI, Laura works on nutrition research at UC San Francisco. Her main interests include diets’ impact on the gut microbiome and metabolic syndrome. In her free time, she enjoys travel, cooking, and rock climbing.