The interconnection between biofilm formation and horizontal gene transfer
|Target group:||Biology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biomedicine|
|Educational level:||Bachelor, Masters|
Over the last few years we have been studying natural plasmids that encode genes that enables biofilm formation. This research has indicated that biofilm formation and plasmid biology are interconnected and act as a positive loop that promotes both through various mechanisms. Grasping this connection helps us to understand how social bacterial traits can evolve and this is very important when looking at how, why, where and when bacteria evolve into e.g. pathogens or commensals of humans.
|Keywords:||Biofilm formation, Horizontal gene transfer, Social evolution, Sociomicrobiology, Molecular microbiology|
|Project home page:||https://www.bio.ku.dk/english/research/microbiology/|
|Supervisor(s):||Søren J. Sørensen, Mette Burmølle og Jonas Stenløkke Madsen|