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UTMB Germ-Free Mouse Opening

May 18, 2021, 09:13 AM by Melodi Moore


The UTMB germ-free mouse facility (GFF) ( provides service to entire UTMB community to breed mice in germ-free conditions and colonize them with selected commensal/probiotic/pathogenic bacteria (gnotobiotic animals) or reconstitute germ-free mice with human fecal microbiota (humanized gnotobiotic animals). Housed on the ground floor of the Medical Research Building (MRB), the GFF is supported by the IHII, the Office for Research, the ARC, a University of Texas System STARs award, and the John Sealy Memorial Endowment.

 GFF provides the following services:

  •  Production of germ-free mice
  •  Housing of gnotobiotic mice
  •  Housing of humanized gnotobiotic mice
  •  Consultation for study development and experimental design

For more information please contact:

Yingzi Cong, PhD., Director (


Maki Wakamiya, PhD., Technical Director (