The Transgenic Mouse Facility at the University of Oregon was established in 2003 by Dr. Clifford Kentros, Associate Professor of Psychology, and current Director Dr. Ute Hostick. The facility has since produced over one hundred unique transgenic mouse lines. We have offered additional services in gene targeting and blastocyst injections since 2007. In 2013 the core mergede with histology to form the Histology and Genetic Modification Core Facility (HGeM).
Our staff are continually improving techniques and services through formal training and partnership with other facilities. Examples include training at the Jackson Laboratories in cryopreservation and recovery of cryopreserved material and a hands-on course in the Tetraploid Embryo Complementation Assay at the TCP at Mount Sinai Hospital, organized by Andras Nagy and Kristina Vintersten and training at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
TMF staff also maintain connections with active research through meetings and conferences, including regular attendance at International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) events, where we have been a member since 2007, the TT2008 meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as well as the 2008 "Advances in Transgenic Animal Research" conference in Houston (TX, USA), at the MD Anderson Cencer Center, organized by Jan Parker-Thornburg in collaboration with ISTT as well as the TT2016 meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.