Molecular Environmental Biosciences

Molecular microbiology to understand microbial community function

Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for plants, animals and humans.

We are intrested in the fuctions of microbes in different human impacted environments. We are particulary interested in the genetics of the bacteria living in those environments and the interactions between different microbes and between microbes and bioactive molecules present in the environment. On the other hand, we are interested in microbial life in extreme environments.