Gnotobiotics Core Facility

Overview of Services

Gnotobiotics is derived from the Greek gnosos, meaning known, and bios, meaning life. This technology enables the breeding and maintenance of germ-free animals that are devoid of any associated microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, microscopic fungi, parasites, and viruses. 

The mission of the Gnotobiotics Core is to enable UCSF researchers to perform experiments introducing defined microbes or microbial consortia to test their impact on host physiology and disease.


Jessie Turnbaugh, Director 

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm 

513 Parnassus Ave.

PSB 212

San Francisco, CA 94143 


Links and Resources

  1. Gnotobiotics Core Website -
  2. Microbiome Website - 


Name Role Phone Email Location
Gnotobiotic Core Facility
Primary Core Contact


Service list

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Germ-free mice, each (0-9w)

one Germ-free mouse from currently stocked strains, requested at 0-9w of age