Exploring the ecology and evolution of host-associated microbial communities
In the Garrido-Oter group, we explore the evolutionary and ecological principles that govern the structure and dynamics of complex microbial communities, in particular those associated with photosynthetic organisms, such as land plants and terrestrial microalgae.
In this context, we focus on two main research questions:
To address these questions, we develop and apply reductionist experimental approaches and computational tools. Using tractable experimental systems based on large-scale microbial culture collections we aim at developing a mechanistic understanding of how microbiota members interact with each other and with their host. Our ultimate goal is to reveal fundamental, quantitative principles governing the dynamic behaviour of host-associated microbial communities.
Our group works both at the Earlham Institute and at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. We form an international and highly interdisciplinary group, including molecular biologists, ecologists, computer scientists, and engineers.
In addition to our host Institutes, our research is funded by the European Research Council, the German Research Foundation, and the Max Planck Society.
Anyone interested in undertaking a PhD or Postdoctoral role in our labs is encouraged to get in touch: email@example.com
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