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January 29, 2015


The META Center for Systems Biology will host its second annual symposium in Eugene, Oregon on July 31-August 2, 2015. The Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology will focus on the theme of “Synthesis and Selection of Host-Microbe Systems”. We will explore the properties of host-microbe  … read more …

Imaging Gut Microbes and Their Surroundings

January 27, 2015


Observing gut microbes in zebrafish, a model organism, provides insights into how microbial communities nucleate, develop, and interact with each other and with their host. To achieve high-resolution, three-dimensional live imaging in vivo,  … read more …

Glimpses of Gut Microbes

December 17, 2014

Bacteria (false colored) in the gut of a live larval zebrafish. Each is a projection of a 3D image, part of a series capturing the first 16 hours of colonization of an initially empty intestine. Over this period a few intrepid individual bacteria divide into several thousand. These two images are separated in time by five hours.

The idea that directly observing gut microbes can give us insights into their behavior is an important part of the META center’s approach to microbiome research.This week, graduate student Matthew Jemielita with colleagues in the labs  … read more …




Upcoming & Recent Events


Friday, May 1

Journal Club Meeting

Jennifer Hampton

Schutte 2014
327 Pacific, 3pm

Monday, April 27

Meta Meeting

Ariel Royall: “exploring a new method for metatranscriptomics”

350 Willamette, 4pm

Friday, April 24

Journal Club Meeting

Adam Burns

Vannette and Fukami 2014
327 Pacific, 3pm

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