The Division of Applied Microbiology has a broad yet integrated focus in various topics. These topics range from such industrially relevant subjects such as microbial biofuel production, probiotics and food safety, to more basic research topics associated with for example whole-cell biocatalysis, biofilm formation in water pipes and methane oxidation in landfills. In collaboration with The Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC) research is carried out on forensic DNA analysis involving next generation amplicon sequencing and pre-PCR processing strategies.
The Division has extensive experience of microbial physiology research. The aim is to understand, engineer and control the metabolism of microbes in food and in industrial applications in order to enhance their properties. By applying the state-of-the-art techniques derived from the advances made in topics such as in silico physiology studies, single-cell analysis, genome sequencing and synthetic biology we are able to generate new microorganisms that are able to fulfill the demands of the renewable chemical industries of the 21st century. The Division of Applied Microbiology is foreseen to contribute substantially to this inevitable era of microbial cell factories.
The Divison have also collaborations with the food industry for study of probiotic properties of certain fermented foods. The use of new techniques in functional genomics to characterize the health effects of foods and food components has great potential, and this new interdisciplinary field has been coined nutrigenomics. Another important research area is food-borne microbial virulence. In order to formulate safe food, data about microbial virulence is required to complement already existing knowledge on microbial survival in food sources. Improved understanding of how environmental factors affect the microbial virulence expression in foods will enable us to formulate new strategies for food formulation, food preservation and risk assessment.
Methane is one of the strongest greenhouse gases, and the production of methane has to be reduced in any way possible. A research field that is rapidly being acknowledged for its significance is the microbial oxidation of methane. The Division hosts key research on microbial methane oxidation in landfills.
Miniscule amounts of DNA can sometimes be found at the crime scene. Therefore it is of the essence that the methods employed by the by the Forensic specialists are the utmost sensitive. The Divison is one of the world’s leading centers for understanding and improving PCR methods and in particular forensic DNA analysis.
The Division of Applied Microbiology is a welcoming, multicultural research facility, where we aim to be at the forefront of contemporary research.
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