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Importance of dispersal in shaping microbiomes

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A new publication, led by META Center graduate Adam Burns, demonstrates the importance of dispersal in shaping gut microbial communities, as described here. In this study, Burns and coworkers (more…)

October 11, 2017

META Center Coordinator Julie Hale Honored


Julie Hale, META Center Coordinator, was honored this fall as a University of Oregon Classified Star. The Classified Star award is sponsored by the President’s Office to recognize Classified employees who go above and beyond in support of the (more…)

October 10, 2017

Microbial Communities Workshop

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Last month, META Center scientist Raghuveer Parthasarathy attended and spoke at a conference on Microbial Communities — the “Joint ICGEB-ICTP-APCTP Workshop on Systems Biology and Molecular Economy of Microbial Communities”. The workshop (more…)

August 3, 2017

Roadmap for increasing diversity in science

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META Center members Michelle Sconce, Maria Banuelos, and Karen Guillemin co-authored an opinion piece in the Oregonian advocating for (more…)

June 13, 2017

META scientists awarded Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge Grant

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META Center scientists Raghuveer Parthasarathy, Brendan Bohannan, and Karen Guillemin received one of three grants awarded through the Kavli (more…)

May 9, 2017

META Center Marches for Science

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The META Center was well represented on April 22 at the March for Science in Eugene. (more…)

April 25, 2017

META researchers receive awards at the WCPCW Conference

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Structural biologists from all fields of biology gathered at the West Coast Protein Crystallography Workshop in Asilomar, California, March 19-22, 2017. Recent findings and advances in structural analysis were presented as well as workshops on molecular animation (more…)

March 31, 2017

META researchers receive top marks at the NW Regional Developmental Biology Conference

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Developmental biologists gathered March 15-18, 2017 at the Friday Harbor Laboratories for the 50th Anniversary of the Northwest Regional Developmental Biology Conference. Host-microbe systems biology was a highlight of the meeting and (more…)

March 22, 2017

Microbiota: From bugs to beta cells


A newly discovered bacterial protein produced in the zebrafish gut triggers insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas to multiply during early larval development, say University of Oregon researchers. To learn more about this important discovery (more…)

December 14, 2016



Earlier this summer, biologists and physicians from all over the country convened in Eugene, Oregon, to discuss the cutting edge of host-microbiome systems research. This year’s symposium was the third such hosted by the University of Oregon’s (more…)

October 5, 2016



A research team from the META Center led by postdoctoral fellow Travis Wiles, student Matthew Jemielita*, and faculty members Judith Eisen, Karen Guillemin, and Raghuveer Parthasarathy has discovered that intestinal peristalsis is a major (more…)

August 1, 2016

META Center Symposium Final Program


Registration for the symposium is now closed. The final program for the META Center Symposium is now available to view. We look forward to your participation. For more information about the (more…)

July 18, 2016

2016 META Center for Systems Biology Symposium


Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual META Center for Systems Biology Symposium being held at the Eugene Hilton Hotel from August 5-7 (Friday evening-Sunday noon). This year’s (more…)

May 13, 2016

2016 META Center for Systems Biology Symposium


The 3rd Annual META Center for Systems Biology Symposium will be held at the Eugene Hilton Hotel from August 5-7 (Friday evening-Sunday noon). This year’s symposium, entitled “Host-Microbe Systems: Models to Medicine”, will explore (more…)

March 29, 2016

Major gift to support zebrafish research, genomics, and imaging


Columbia Sportswear CEO, Tim Boyle, and his wife, Mary, have made a $10 million gift that greatly supports and expands UO’s groundbreaking work in the life sciences. The gift will endow funding for the UO’s aquatic animal care facility, fund the (more…)

February 29, 2016


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