- Biodegradation of plastic polymers
- Genomics and plasmid diversity of xenobiotic-degradation organisms
- Evolution of xenobiotic-degrading enzymes
Our research group is interested in how microbes adapt to synthetic compounds (xenobiotics, plastics, surfactants, antimicrobials) in the environment on community, species and protein level. We not only focus on uncovering evolutionary mechanisms that drive microbes to adapt to man-made chemicals, but also explore how to harness the endless metabolic capacities of microorganisms for biotechnological purposes. We use a broad range of techniques from –omics based approaches to cultivation, protein purification and characterization as well as microcosm experiments and mineralization tests (with 13C and 14C-labeled compounds).