The African Microbiome Institute (AMI) is a coordinating and directive body for microbiome research, training, and service provision. It is officially hosted by Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics. The AMI is uniquely mandated to also work across other faculties (AgriSciences and Science). The AMI serves as a central hub with three main objectives:
- Provide a platform where diverse perspectives on microbiome research can converge, including through networking
- Facilitate the exchange of knowledge among microbiome researchers
- Foster collaborative partnerships across various faculties (including Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, AgriSciences), the School of Data Science and Computational Thinking, and other institutions, to promote transdisciplinary investigations into the interconnections between microbes in humans, animals, and the environment.