Research of my group is strongly related to aspects of food safety and human health. One focus is the identification and characterization of novel antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with activity against food spoiling bacteria and human pathogens. Consequently, the group is also investigating strategies for biotechnological production of these AMPs and their application in food protection and therapy of infections. Moreover, we are interested in the biology of commensal and pathogenic bacteria of the human gastrointestinal tract and their interaction with environment and host. For all our projects, we are continuously developing new molecular tools for the microorganisms we study. This includes the generation of sensor strains and screening systems to identify and analyze AMPs and the development of CRISPR/Cas-based molecular tools for Listeria monocytogenes and Bifidobacterium bifidum.


Resarch Projects