Ciona robusta for studies of gut host-microbiome interactions.
Ciona juveniles are transparent and can be grown on plastic dishes, and this facilitates in vivo observations of gut colonization.
We have developed and utilize Ciona germ-free mariculture approaches.
Ciona juveniles are transparent and are like mini- guts on plastic dishes... by the hundreds or thousands!
Our research with Ciona has been supported by:
National Science Foundation (IOS and MCB)
All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Foundation (several earlier studies)
University of South Florida College of Medicine Deans Office (several early studies in Ciona)