The Microbiology Department studies various microorganisms (bacteria and archaea) and their viruses as model systems for fundamental research in areas such as genomics, genetics, and metabolism.


Scientists focus on the mechanisms that enable some of them to be virulent and to evade the host immune system as well as develop resistance to antibiotics.


This research can improve our knowledge of how pathogens live and interact with the environment. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of virulence is essential for the development of new diagnostic tools and therapies – antibiotics and vaccines – to treat infection.