The Secret World Inside You

November 7, 2015 — August 14, 2016



Cartoon of a bisected human figure walking with one half blank and one half filled with gears and bacteria.

Our bodies are home to approximately 100 trillion bacteria living inside us and on us—a vast community known as the microbiome.

The Secret World Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health, offering new perspectives on common health problems including allergies, asthma, and obesity. 

The exhibition is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Institute for Comparative Genomics.

Generous support for The Secret World Inside You and its educational resources have been provided by the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation and the Milstein Family.

The Secret World Inside You is proudly supported by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

The Secret World Inside You is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).