Dr. Yang (USA winner 2018): Gut microbiota & gut brain axis
To celebrate #WorldMicrobiomeDay, the Biocodex Microbiota Institute is handing the floor to national grant winners.
About this article
Dr Tao Yang
Dr. Tao Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Toledo. Dr. Yang's research interest is the role of gut microbiota in blood pressure regulation and antihypertensive drugs' metabolism.
What has the national grant allowed to discover in your microbiota research area?
The National grant allows me to explore the research field of my interest and develop my independent research projects. I was involved in multiple projects and Biocodex Microbiota Foundation USA grant was acknowledged in 8 of my publications.
What are the consequences for the patient?
My research grant was focused on animal experiments. We discovered that gut microbiota not only plays an important role in blood pressure regulation, but also contributes to the modulation of antihypertensive drugs' efficacy. This new concept may provoke discussion on the management of resistant hypertension.
In your point of view, what is the biggest breakthrough related to microbiota these last years?
Gut microbiota and its role in drug metabolism
Do you think there is a growing interest on microbiota recently?
Yes. At least in the cardiovascular filed that I am familiar with.
Do you have a tip for taking care of our microbiota?
Eat healthy and exercise
What is for you the most fascinating bacteria?