The purpose of the project is to cultivate and characterize biofilms, and examine the effect of different treatment strategies on biofilms.
Biofilms are surface-attached multicellular microbial communities, and play important roles in the medical, veterinary, and food sectors. In this project you can either study 1) beneficial biofilms and how we could use them to our benefit, or 2) harmful biofilms relevant in infectious diseases and evaluate novel treatment strategies that could be used to eradicate them. This project involves mainly laboratory work.
You will be part of a team that includes clinicians, veterinarians, engineers, molecular biologists and bioinformaticians. Techniques will involve biofilm assays and classical microbiological techniques, and may include DNA extraction, PCR, creating metagenomic libraries, Next-generation sequencing (incl. Nanopore sequencing), DNA sequence analyses, and other.
Overall, the main research areas of our group are: the microbiome, genomics, infectious diseases, novel antimicrobials, antibiotic resistance, microbial ecology, microbial interactions, evolution, microbiology, molecular biology, single-cell analysis, epidemiology and global surveillance.