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How to Wash Your Hands in the Microbial World

December 15, 2017


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  … read more …

Importance of dispersal in shaping microbiomes

October 11, 2017

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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  … read more …

META Center Coordinator Julie Hale Honored

October 10, 2017


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  … read more …




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