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Research Group for Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology

The production of pyoverdines by ten different Pseudomonas strains (Picture: J. Meyer).
Laboratory analysis of a soil probe

The Research Group for Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology uses molecular biological techniques to decode processes in living organisms. This involves not only identifying the function of the genes of an organism (genomics), but also gene expression analysis (transcriptomics), investigating all the proteins present in a cell at a particular time (proteomics) and analysing complex systems where many organisms coexist side by side, for example the soil (metagenomics). The Research Group develops molecular biological tools for field-based diagnostics, which can identify pathogens accurately and at an early stage in order to develop sustainable control strategies. Close cooperation with key industry and research partners at national and international level ensures that our research is always geared towards real-life applications.

Research interests

  • Genome sequencing
  • Gene and protein expression analysis
  • Molecular biological detection of a wide range of organisms or pathogens
  • Bioinformatics analysis of molecular biological data


  • Research and service provision projects
  • Many years of experience in scientific project management
  • Knowledge transfers for beginners and experts in the field of molecular biology
  • Dissemination of scientific findings, publications, lectures and media appearances
  • Organisation of congresses, conferences and public events in the -omics field