Gut Instinct

With Gut Instinct, you can don your labcoat and help scientists understand human gut while having fun!

Learn about Gut Microbiome!

Have you wondered how your diet, exercise, and other habits affect your gut (and life)? Scientists wonder about it, too!

Share your Gut Instinct!

Share your insights and folk theories about your health, discuss them with others around the globe, and create new scientific theories!

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Gut Instinct

gutinstinct.ucsd.edu

Collaboratively creating scientific theories!
Gut microbiome

The Human Microbiome requires insights into people’s lifestyles

The human gut microbiome is the community of microbes (and their gene products) interacting in the human gut. However, research has only scratched the surface of under- standing the microbiome and using it to improve our well- being. The American Gut Project (AGP) is the world's largest crowdfunded citizen science project. AGP participants contribute their samples for bacterial marker gene sequencing and analysis. Participants then receive a summary of their results with all their raw data. Anony- mized data is publically available. AGP seeks to build a comprehensive map of the human microbiome, and identify its healthy and unhealthy components.

Learn Ask Answer

Learn, Ask, Answer!: People hold the key to understanding the gut microbiome

The structure of the human microbiome is influenced by many factors, including age, genetics, diet, and xenobiotic and antibiotic use. The gut microbiome in particular plays an important role in metabolism and immune system development, and some microbiome dysbioses have been associated with diseases such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, type I and type II diabetes, autism, multiple sclerosis, and malnutrition. The human microbiome is impossible to understand without information about its host and many influence factors remain unknown. Teaching people about the gut microbiome and having them guess associations between the microbiome and health and dis- ease states can potentially accelerate the process of discov- ering links between diet, disease, and lifestyle factors and the gut microbiome.

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct System


Gut Instinct is a collaborative system with a dual objective: help people learn about the gut microbiome, and catalyze the creation of a list of factors that may be associated with gut microbiome differences. People anonymously post questions about lifestyle and health for peers to answer. These questions and discussions provide researchers cues to build associations between lifestyle and the microbiome. Gut Instinct is a web application built with Meteor (http://www.meteor.com). The front-end uses Angular (http://www.angularjs.org) and is stylized with Materialize (http://www.materialize.css). It is BSD open source at http://gutinstinct.herokuapp.com.

Results and Publications

Gut Instinct is currently under deployment. Stay tuned to see more results!

Here are our preliminary papers:
  • Creating Scientific Theories with Online Learners. Vineet Pandey, Amnon Amir, Justine Debelius, Embriette R. Hyde, Tomasz Kosciolek, Rob Knight, Scott Klemmer. CHI 2017. pdf

  • Integrating citizen science with online learning to ask better questions.
    Vineet Pandey, Scott Klemmer, Amnon Amir, Justine Debelius, Embriette R. Hyde, Tomasz Kosciolek, Rob Knight. Demo. HCOMP 2016. https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05763

Our Team

UC San Diego - Knight Lab

Knight Lab



Justine Debelius

Justine Debelius

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Embriette Hyde

Embriette Hyde

Assistant Project Scientist, Project Manager, American Gut Project
Tomasz Kosciolek

Tomasz Kosciolek

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Rob Knight

Rob Knight

Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering

UC San Diego - The Design Lab

Design Lab



Vineet Pandey

Vineet Pandey

PhD student, Computer Science & Engineering
Scott Klemmer

Scott Klemmer

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering
Chen Yang

Chen Yang

Second year student developer & designer at UC San Diego.
Tushar Koul

Tushar Koul

First year Grad Student in Computer Science specializing in HCI
Liby Li

Ziyang Li

Third Year CS and Math Undergrad Student Specialized in Design and Webdev at UCSD.
Cody Doan

Cody Doan

Third Year Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate at UC San Diego.

Alumni

Amnon Amir

Amnon Amir

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Aliyah Clayton

Aliyah Clayton

Third Year Undergraduate Student, Computer Science.
Brian Soe

Brian Soe

Undergraduate Alumnus, Computer Science & Engineering. Software Engineer @ GE Digital.

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What Gut Instinct Users say?

Love the tool's question board, and the way it allows (and even encourages) creative questions. I wonder what other rich, interesting domains the tool can be applied to. Looking forward to the next iteration. :)

Anonymous citizen scientist

I really like the concept of this whole thing. It is a very very efficient way to learn a new topic. The fact that I could ask questions and get data from others is just awesome!!

Anonymous citizen scientist

It was a really good tool. I feel i would definitely love to contribute more on topics that are more relevant or interesting to me. And I definitely think this could be a great way to get information from 'citizen scientists'.

Anonymous citizen scientist

Gut Instinct data use

How does Gut Instinct use my data?

  • Questions created by you: Gut microbiome scientists will look at your questions to create novel hypotheses that can possibly be tested in their experiments. If you provide your American Gut ID to Gut Instinct, your questions will be used to draw correlations between your lifestyle and your gut microbiome

  • Options added by you or your response to other questions:: Same as above

  • Email: Gut Instinct will send you notifications and newsletter to help you identify useful questions. Your email will not be shared with anyone and it will be securely stored on our cloud database

  • Location: Gut Instinct will attempt to draw correlations among people's response to questions and their location, and their location and gut microbiome data (if you provide your American Gut id)

  • American Gut ID : Gut Instinct will use your American Gut ID to draw correlations between your gut microbiome data and your questions and answers on above questions. Your American Gut id will not be shared with anyone and it will be securely stored on our cloud database

Please read our UC San Diego Institutional Review Board approved Consent Page here to know more.
Please shoot us an email with any questions or requests to delete your data at vipandey-AT-ucsd.edu. We will respond within 48 hours.

Get in Touch with us

Still have Questions about Gut Instinct? Contact Us by sending us an email to gutinstinct-at-ucsd-dot-edu