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Our Team

Human Microbiome Institute

Human Microbiome Institute 

Microbial artwork credit: Mehmet Berkmen, Ph.D. and Maria Peñil
Our Team

The Janssen Human Microbiome Institute team combines our pioneering expertise in the microbiome with the drug discovery, product development, and commercialization know-how of a leading global biopharmaceutical company. Together with our colleagues at Janssen and Johnson & Johnson, we have the knowledge and resources to identify the most promising innovations taking place across the microbiome ecosystem and help our partners translate early-stage innovations into product concepts and, ultimately, new solutions with the power to impact human health.



As Global Head, Microbiome Solutions, World Without Disease Accelerator (WWDA), Dirk strengthens Janssen and Johnson & Johnson leadership, scientific understanding and capabilities in this emerging area of science.

Prior to this, Dirk held a similar role as Global Head, Janssen Human Microbiome Institute. Before joining Janssen and Johnson & Johnson, he served as Senior Group Leader of Microbial Systems and Communities at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In this position, Dirk acted as a scientific liaison between different organizational components, including the Broad Institute’s data generation platforms and both clinical and analytical collaborators on a number of microbiome-related projects. Dirk’s research efforts at the Broad Institute included the characterization of the microbial imbalance associated with diseases such as Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes and colorectal cancer. He was also involved with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Microbiome Project (HMP), holding a leading role in the Data Analysis Working Group, consisting of over 50 investigators focused on human microbiome research.

Dirk received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium, and completed postdoctoral training at UGent and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in bioinformatics, comparative and evolutionary genome analysis and microbial ecology.


Dirk Gevers, Ph.D.

Global Head
MIcrobiome Solutions
World Without Disease Accelerator


The JHMI is based at the Johnson & Johnson Boston Innovation Center located in the healthcare and biotech innovation hub of Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass.

Janssen Human Microbiome Institute
255 Main Street, 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142


Join Our Team


We are seeking curious, resourceful, and inventive teammates to help develop microbiome solutions that will improve world health. See openings and apply here.

Let’s Work Together


Translating microbiome science into transformative products will require multidisciplinary collaboration. Learn more about our approach to partnership here.

Contact Us


Are you a researcher, clinician, or entrepreneur who is using the microbiome to change healthcare? Let’s talk.