Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Microbiome Pilot


Pamela Herd, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, UW-Madison; Federico Rey, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, UW-Madison


UWSC conducted a series of focus groups, then launched a pilot effort to collect human microbiome samples, drinking water samples and tests, and a self-administered questionnaire from a subset of Graduate and Sibling participants and their spouses or partners for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).

This pilot effort is the first of its kind to better understand the human microbiome and its relationship to health outcomes by partnering cutting-edge microbiology research with a landmark social science dataset. The wealth of data about life experience and health already collected and analyzed by WLS hold immense potential to lead to new findings when combined with research on the human microbiome.

UWSC collected over 400 stool and water samples from Graduates and Siblings, as well as from their spouses and partners. The response rate among the Graduates and Siblings was 70% for the samples, with a 90% cooperation rate for the SAQ.

For more information on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, please click here.


DiLoreto, Kerryann, Rae Ganci, Karen Zoladz, and Ken Croes


June 2014 – March 2015