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META Center Symposium Registration Open

April 28, 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


Tuesday, May 26

IMB Seminar

“Growth and Shape Control in Bacteria”

Tristan Ursell

University of Oregon, Department of Physics

Host: Karen Guillemin

110 Willamette, 4 pm

Monday, May 25

No Meta Meeting

Memorial Day

350 Willamette, 4pm

Friday, May 22

Journal Club Meeting

Melissa Hinman

Yano et al 2015
327 Pacific, 3pm

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