Welcome to the home of the Microbial Systems Molecular Biology Laboratories. The MSMBL are housed in Medical Science Reasearch Building I (MSRB-I) of the University of Michigan Medical School.  They provide services and resources to microbiome researchers from across campus and beyond. These services include:

Microbial Community Analysis

Support for comparative analysis of microbial communities is provided using the Illumina (MiSeq) platform. The MSMBL provides DNA isolation and troubleshooting services, and 16S sequencing with the Illumina MiSeq platform. Learn more →

Microbial Cultivation

Cultivation support is available for:

  1. Routine microbiological plating on selective media for bacteria and fungi.
  2. Culturing fastidious, anaerobic and extremely oxygen-sensitive microbes.
  3. Using procedures for microbial enrichment and isolation with molecular biological methods to obtain cultures of as-yet-unexplored genetic and physiological diversity.

Support is provided through facilities, equipment, and training. Learn more →

Germ-Free & Gnotobiotic Mouse Facilities

The germ-free mouse resource at the University of Michigan maintains soft-sided plastic isolators where gnotobiotic mice remain free of all bacteria, exogenous viruses, fungi, and parasites. Germ-free breeding colonies of mice are maintained for monocultural or polymicrobial colonization and other specific studies. Learn more →

Strain Collection Database

StrainDB is a searchable database of microbial strains at the University of Michigan. It was created to easily locate and share microbial strains and related information among researchers working in the field of microbiology on campus. StrainDB was designed to be the principal and preferred method of storing and managing strain information for the participating labs (Usergroups).

Please contact the StrainDB authors and administrator Robert Hein (the Tom Schmidt group) at with your requests, problem reports or other feedback. Please contact us if you have records that you would like to bulk-load into StrainDB. This version is a beta-prototype.

Contact to request a StrainDB user account.

Log into the database here