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The META Center for Systems Biology will host its first annual symposium in Eugene, Oregon on August 8-10 2014. The Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology will focus on the theme of “Modeling our Microbial Selves”. (more…)

April 16, 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

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

META Center Symposium

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Details about the META Center Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology are now available! The Symposium will focus on the theme of “Modeling our Microbial Selves”. We will explore how studies of host-microbe systems biology (more…)

April 1, 2014

2013 Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy Workshop

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On Sept. 15-17, META Center PI Raghu Parthasarathy participated in this year’s Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy meeting. Light sheet imaging is a central part of the META center’s investigations, (more…)

October 3, 2013

National Centers for Systems Biology Annual Meeting


On July 11-12, META Center PIs Karen Guillemin, Brendan Bohannan, Bill Cresko, and Raghuveer Parthasarathy participated in the National Centers for Systems Biology Annual Meeting (more…)

July 30, 2013

Better ways to estimate the diversity of unseen life on and in our bodies


Ecologists often rely on the twin standards of the variety and numbers of species to describe a given region’s diversity. (more…)

May 7, 2013







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