Current projects

Research projects

  • Chlamydiae in woodlice: Studying microbe-host interaction in the natural environment

    Chlamydia are well-known pathogens of humans and animals but are also ubiquitous in the environment. Rhabdochlamydia porcellionis infecting the rough woodlouse Porcellio scaber represents a good model system for studying natural chlamydial populations, their genetic heterogeneity, infection and developmental cycle [...]

  • The role of the virome in the metabolic landscape of the neonate gut microbiome

    Though bacteriophages are abundant in the gut, an understanding of their importance to the microbiome is lacking. Phages may control populations, contribute to dysbiosis, and facilitate horizontal gene transfer. They also offer a targeted means to modulate the microbiota (i.e. [...]

  • Host-microbe interactions in marine lucinid clams

    The symbiosis between lucinid clams and their chemosynthetic endosymbionts is ideal for understanding effects of seasonality; the symbionts rely on energy sources such as hydrogen sulfide from the environment, thus symbiont activity is intimately linked to environmental conditions. Lucinids experience [...]

  • Compaction and organization of animal symbiont chromosomes

    The bacterial nucleoid is highly condensed and forms compartment-like structures within the cell. Although its dynamic organisation is being investigated, we ignore the importance of chromosome structure for adaptation to changing environments and, in particular, for symbiosis maintenance. In this PhD project, [...]