The purpose of this project is to develop novel tools for microbiome analysis.
We currently experience a revolution that targets the microbiome for drug discovery and therapeutic intervention. What we need are better tools to study microbiomes, the microbial communities that colonize our human bodies, as well as animals, the environment or food items.
You may choose to either work on a project that mainly focusses on 1) the development of better laboratory approaches for sample preparation, DNA isolation and next-generation sequencing, or 2) bioinformatics analyses to characterize the taxonomic and functional composition of complex microbiomes. The first project is ideally suited for students who enjoy laboratory work, and the second project suits bioinformatics students who have an interest and potentially already some skills in the analysis of metagenomics and/or whole genome sequencing (WGS) data.
You will be part of a team that includes clinicians, veterinarians, molecular biologists and bioinformaticians. Techniques can include DNA extraction, PCR, creating metagenomic libraries, Next-generation sequencing (incl. Nanopore sequencing), classical microbiological techniques, 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.
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