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DiscoverGenomics! Science Education Program

Zoo in You Traveling Exhibition

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award (NIH-SEPA), the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in partnership with the JCVI, are creating a 2,000 square foot bilingual (English and Spanish) traveling exhibition that will engage visitors in the cutting edge research of NIH Human Microbiome Project and explore the impact of the microbiome on human health. The Zoo in You project will also produce an interactive bilingual website and in-depth programs including Science Cafes and book groups for adult audiences.

The exhibit is currently being installed and tested at OMSI where it will be on display through early August 2015; once the testing phase is complete a national tour will begin. The first stop on the tour will be to the Reuben H. Fleet Center in San Diego, CA in collaboration with the JCVI.

The Zoo in You exhibit will feature 15 interactive components, which are organized by three topic areas: "Meet the Microbes," "Balanced Ecosystems," and "Exploring the Microbiome."

Central Theme

Our bodies are complex ecosystems that we are just starting to explore. Nuestros cuerpos son ecosistemas complejos que apenas empezamos a explorar.

Meet the Microbes

Microbes are our constant companions, live on and inside us from the moment we are born. Los microbios son nuestros compañeros constantes, viviendo encima de y adentro de nosotros desde que nacimos.

Balanced Ecosystem

Your microbiome is as dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced as any other ecosystem in nature. Su microbioma es tan dinámico, adaptable, y delicadamente equilibrado como cualquier otro ecosistema en la naturaleza.

Exploring the Microbiome

Learning about our microbiome will greatly increase our understanding of human health. Investigando nuestro microbioma aumentará nuestro entendimiento de la salud humana.


 This project was supported by the Science Education Partnership Award of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number 1R25RR032210.

Principal Investigator

Chrystal Carpenter


Victoria Coats


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