About this Research Topic
After the well-received 2022 collection, Frontiers in Microbiology is proud to host this Research Topic celebrating women’s work and achievements in the field of Microorganisms in Vertebrate Digestive Systems. Alongside International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2023, we will collectively embrace equity in the microbiology community.
There is continued gender disparity within core STEM subjects. According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics, just 33% of the world's researchers are women. While the number of women attending university is growing, they still represent the minority of doctoral students and researchers. Women remain under-represented in the highest level of academia, holding just 26% of full professorships. This is even more skewed in industry with just 3% of STEM industry CEOs being women. As highlighted by UNESCO, science and gender equality are essential to ensure sustainable development.
This Research Topic will act as a platform to promote the work of female researchers across the entire breadth of Microorganisms in Vertebrate Digestive Systems, including:
• Diversity and abundance of mutualistic, commensal, and pathogenic microorganisms in the vertebrate digestive tract;
• Dynamics of microbial communities in relation to age, diet, and catastrophic events (injuries and interventions such as fecal transplants);
• Biological, chemical, and physical stressors including the effects of probiotics on microbiome composition and dynamics;
• Gastrointestinal microbiome composition and its relationship with the host immune system and health.
This Research Topic is open for submissions including Original Research, Reviews, Mini Reviews, Methods, Opinion and Perspective articles. All manuscripts will be handled by female editors.
Any articles focused on research metrics and gender perspectives or bias in scientific publications would be best suited in Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics journal.
Keywords: Microbiology, WomeninSTEM, InternationalWomensDay, gender equality, WomenInScience, #CollectionSeries, equity
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.