With the start of its 16th year, the TMC Digestive Diseases Center has some exciting announcements. In an effort to meet the increasing demands of members and provide access to state-of-the art research through our cores, the DDC has launched the Gastrointestinal Experimental Model Systems Core (GEMS). Formerly the Integrative Biology Core, the GEMS Core is organized to encompass an enteroid/organoid subcore and a gnotobiotic subcore. This core offers turnkey access to organoids/enteroid technologies to researchers, including samples (enteroids, organoids), reagents (specialized growth media, etc.), training, and consultative expertise. The core also provides access to Baylor Gnotobiotic Rodent Facility and animals, training and consultative expertise. With the launch of the GEMS Core, researchers have access to enteroid and organoid services as well as an advanced germ-free rodent facility
The new GEMS Core will be led by Director Noah Shroyer, Ph.D., associate professor gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor. Dr. Shroyer has been a longtime DDC member, and a 2005 pilot feasibility awardee. Mary Estes, Ph.D., emeritus director of the DDC and professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor will serve as co-director of the GEMS Core. Alton G. Swennes, D.V.M, associate director of the Center for Comparative Medicine, will also serve as co-director. Dr. Swennes has extensive experience with gnotobiotic facility design and will offer consultation on study design and feasibility.
Learn more about the newly established GEMS core.