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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

META Center paper models host responses to microbiota


META Center postdoc Annah Rolig, student Adam Burns, and faculty members Raghuveer Parthasarathy, Brendan Bohannan, and Karen Guillemin have published a new study that uses gnotobiology and mathematical modeling to describe the (more…)

November 18, 2015

META Center PI Eisen honored with MRF Discovery Award


META Center PI Judith Eisen was in the spotlight Nov. 12 during the annual awards banquet of the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon in Portland. Eisen received the foundation’s Discovery Award “for her seminal work in transforming the aquatic vertebrate model, the zebrafish, into a groundbreaking research model for biomedical science.”

November 18, 2015

META Center’s Jessica Green contributes to Unified Microbiome Initiative


META Center PI Jessica Green participated in the recently published proposal for a unified microbiome initiative. The goal is “to discover and advance tools to understand and harness the capabilities of Earth’s microbial ecosystems.” (more…)

October 29, 2015

Live-Imaging of Chemical Reporters


The labs of META PI Raghuveer Parthasarathy and UO Chemistry professor Michael Pluth published a paper recently* on a new fluorescent reporter of hydrogen sulfide, which can be imaged inside live larval zebrafish. Hydrogen sulfide is increasingly (more…)

October 2, 2015

Exploring Microbial Mysteries at META 2015


The META Center 2nd Annual Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology was well attended and generated high-quality scientific talks on the advances that have been made in the field of host-microbe biology systems. (more…)

September 24, 2015

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 venue, transportation, and dining, please visit (more…)

July 16, 2015

META Center Preliminary Program


We’re pleased to announce the preliminary program for the META Center Symposium. We are still accepting meeting registration and poster abstract submissions until July 6th. Registration is free and hotel rooms are still available. Don’t miss this exciting meeting.

June 30, 2015

META Center Symposium Registration Open


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 (more…)

April 28, 2015

Imaging Gut Microbes and Their Surroundings


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, (more…)

January 27, 2015

Glimpses of Gut Microbes

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 (more…)

December 17, 2014

ASM Beneficial Microbes Conference

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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 (more…)

October 3, 2014

First META Center Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology


The first META Center Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology, held in Eugene last weekend, brought together scientists from diverse disciplines for a stimulating weekend of presentations and discussions. The symposium kicked off on Friday evening with a fascinating talk by Curtis Huttenhower entitled “Known knowns and known unknowns in host-associated microbial communities,” that drew parallels between the development of microarray technology and the current emerging field (more…)

August 14, 2014

Conference: The Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics


META PI Raghuveer Parthasarathy spent the past week at a fascinating conference on science and teaching at the interface of physics and biology (Gordon Research Conferences). (more…)

June 17, 2014


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