Section of Microbiology
Making small stuff matter
At the Section of Microbiology, we are working to understand and exploit the immense functional diversity and adaptive potential of natural microbial communities using cutting-edge molecular techniques including high throughput DNA sequencing, cell-sorting, single-cell detection, and real time biofilm formation at the Bioflux centre.
Microbes play vital roles including recycling of compounds in nature and in human and animal health. Despite the ability to live as single cells, bacteria and fungi have evolved over billions of years to engage in multicellular networks dominated by complex interactions. We believe that research based on a holistic perception of the microorganisms as integrated members of complex microbial communities will lead to future breakthroughs in the research for a better environment and for human health.
The research on complex microbial communities is conducted within four main topics: