The 2022 Corundum System Biology Award Recipient Announced at IHMC KOBE 2022


International Human Microbiome Consortium Congress

November 15, 2022 – Dutch researcher Trishla Sinha, working on discoveries related to infant immune development, was named the first recipient of the Corundum Systems Biology Award at the International Human Microbiome Consortium Congress, IHMC KOBE 2022 (  The Corundum Systems Biology Award (CSB Award) was established this year to recognize stellar microbiome research with strong potential to contribute tangibly to the society.  The IHMC congress was held this year in Japan between November 8 and 10.

A PhD candidate at the University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands, Ms Sinha’s research focus is the crosstalk between infant bile acids and gut microbiome its consequences on health. 

In explaining the reason for Ms Sinha’s selection, Hidehiko Otake, CEO of Corundum Systems Biology, explains: “Ms Sinha’s research involves a large and comprehensive trial of immune development in infants, an important study for their well-being through their life cycle, starting with infancy and into old age.  Ms Sinha selection as the recipient of the 2022 and first Corundum Systems Biology Award is very appropriate as we can expect the results of this research to lead to development of disease intervention methods based on predictive models and other beneficial implementations for our society. “

Ms Sinha, expressing delight in the announcement of her awarding, commented: “The funds from this award will go towards improving our understanding of the role of the gut microbiome in bile acid metabolism in infants. We believe the cross talk between the gut microbiome and bile acids to play a major role in the development of diseases later in life. This project will be carried out in Lifelines NEXT, a prospective birth cohort in the Northern Netherlands with over 1200 mother- infant pairs.”

Professor Alexandra Zhernakova, Ms Sinha’s supervisor at the University Medical Centre Groningen, said, “Trishla is leading the metagenomic analysis in Lifelines NEXT.  On top of excellent organization and analytical skills, Trishla has a clear scientific vision, and this award recognizes the importance and high quality of her scientific ideas.  I am very happy for Trishla and thankful for Corundum Systems Biology for opening this opportunity for PhD students.”

The CSB Award, established by Japan’s Corundum Systems Biology, Inc., rewards outstanding researchers whose continuing work in the field of microbiome is making significant contributions to new scientific discoveries.  The selection process takes into consideration the research’s potential for creation of start-up companies, fostering of new business, and the contribution it will make to improve human health and quality of life.

The CSB Award offers a grant of USD10,000.