Ciona robusta (formerly C. intestinalis) as a model of gut host-microbe interactions

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Please contact Dr. Dishaw at ldishaw[at] for more information.
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Larry J. Dishaw, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator

Associate Professor,
University of South Florida
Department of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics
Children’s Research Institute in St. Petersburg,
801 Sixth Street South, CRI3008
St. Petersburg, Fl 33701

ldishaw [at]

Our collaborators

  • Jeff Gralnick, University of Minnesota, Microbial Engineering
  • John Dennehy, Queens College, Bacteriophage Ecology
  • Bill Baker, USF Chemistry
  • Les Shaw, USF Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology
  • John Cannon at USF Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics
  • Gary Litman at USF Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics
  • Mya Brietbart at USF Marine Sciences
  • Maureen Groer at USF College of Nursing
  • Jack Gilbert at U. Chicago and Argonne National Labs
  • Hans Peter Grossart, Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity, Potsdam University
  • At USF include Stephen Kornfeld, Panida Sriaroon, Jenn Leiding, and Jolan Walter
  • At JH-ACH, Katie Wasylik and Suzanne Jackman
  • Rosaria De Santis and Maria Rosaria Pinto at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dorhn, Naples, Italy. These collaborators (both now emeritus professors) first introduced us to Ciona and the rest is history!
  • Several additional collaborations and projects are just developing.
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Our research is or has been supported by:
National Science Foundation (currently our phage studies)
National Institutes of Health (our collaboration with Dr. Groer in USF Nursing)
All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Foundation (several studies)
University of South Florida College of Medicine Deans Office (several early studies in