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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 …

ASM Beneficial Microbes Conference

October 3, 2014

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META Center PIs Karen Guillemin and Judith Eisen and postdoctoral fellows Tiffani Jones and Kat Milligan-Myhre attended the ASM Conference of Beneficial Microbes in Washington D.C. September 27-30. Jones presented a talk on her work  … read more …




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