The Symbiotic and Pathogenic Interaction group (SPI) studies diverse topics related to bacterial survival under stress conditions.
The primary focus is to uncover molecular and evolutionary mechanisms involved in antibiotic tolerance or persistence of the model bacterium Escherichia coli and pathogenic bacteria.
Additionally, we study mechanisms conferring bacterial tolerance to ethanol and survival of nitrogen-fixing rhizobia upon seed application.
To this end, a combination of molecular genetic, high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics, microscopic techniques and modeling are used. With these results, we aim at contributing to the discovery of novel antibacterials, the production of second-generation bio-ethanol and the improvement of the symbiotic interaction between rhizobia and legumes.
12 November 2019: Dorien successfully defended her PhD, congratulations! We are thrilled to welcome you as a post-doc in our lab.
20 October 2019: The SPI group participated in the VIB Biotech Day. More info can be found here.
18 September 2019: Our new website is online! Many thanks to Sabrina from BAMdesign and her sparkling sidekick.
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