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META Center’s commitment to combatting systemic racism

Dear META Center colleagues,
We, the leadership of the META Center, write you to express our commitment to combatting systemic racism that is pervasive in our society. We realize that this statement comes on the heels of many others you will have received over the past weeks. We were initially reluctant to add our voices to this chorus and chose to focus our efforts on anti-racist activities within our own immediate communities, but (more…)

June 15, 2020

2nd Fish Microbiota Workshop September 3-5, 2019

There’s still time to register for the 2nd Fish Microbiota Workshop held in Eugene Oregon, September 3-5.
We are bringing together researchers from around the world to discuss their work on the interactions between fish and their microbes. From aquaculture to gnotobiology, eels to zebrafish, coral reefs to the baltic sea, all fishy folks welcome.
Submit your abstract on the website.

June 3, 2019

7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes

7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes held July 8-11, 2018

The 7th Conference of Beneficial Microbes, co-organized by Mark Mandel and META Center Director Karen Guillemin, gathered scientists from all over the globe in Madison, Wisconsin to share their research on host-microbe systems, ranging from (more…)

July 24, 2018

Cholera and the Gut Microbiota


META researchers Savannah Logan, Raghuveer Parthasarathy, and colleagues recently published a study exploring the intestinal activity of Vibrio cholerae, the bacterial pathogen that causes cholera. Combining unprecedented live imaging and genetic (more…)

June 11, 2018

Registration open for the 7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes

7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes

Karen Guillemin and Mark Mandel, co-organizers of the 7th Conference on Beneficial Microbes, are pleased to announce the conference speakers and sessions: (more…)

January 12, 2018

How to Wash Your Hands in the Microbial World


Michelle Massaquoi, a graduate student in the Guillemin lab, published a commentary piece about how to wash your hands during the holiday travels. The article emphasizes that not all microbes are pathogenic and that protecting (more…)

December 15, 2017

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


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