Dr. Gabriela Sheets earned her master’s and doctoral degree in human biology from Emory University at Atlanta, Georgia. Gabriela’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research on the early development of the infant gut microbiome earned her prestigious grants and awards, including the from the Earth Microbiome Project (EMP), U.S. Fulbright, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and a research award from the National Society of Medical Anthropology for being “exemplar in where science should go.” Dr. Sheets has taught university courses in evolution, disease ecology, nutrition, microbiomics and human developmental ecology. She has worked with/in the prestigious Knight Laboratory for bioinformatics, the Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology, and the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience, while collaborating with leading research institutions globally.
Gabriela understands the human gut microbiome to be a major mediator between behavior, environment, biology, and human health. While there is much to learn about this complex and critical community of microorganisms, what we do know can greatly affect our current and future quality of life. She believes that armed with this knowledge, we can not only alleviate present suffering, but prevent future diseases in the next generation. Because of this, she is passionate about seeing that the fruits of her decade long research reach the people who can make the most difference for the next generation: parents and early medical care practitioners.
A Fulbright researcher and scholar, Dr. Sheets conducts independent research, while consulting medical practitioners, early care providers and parents alike. Gabriela is asked to speak at conferences nationally and internationally, and to share her research findings with a wider audience, she is producing web-based content that will provide women and parents with accessible information about women’s health and the early development of the infant microbiome. She is passionate about eradicating human suffering by supporting the flourishing of the human microbiome, one mom and baby at a time.