Aims of the group
Our overall aim is to determine interactions between the organisms composing microbiomes, and how these interactions change with environmental conditions or microbiota composition.
Determination of interactions is critical for understanding how a particular assemblage works, and to predict the effect that a given disturbance (such as changes in environmental conditions or the elimination of one species) can have on the composition and functionality of the whole set. Having this understanding will lead to the possibility to manipulate communities for the desired purposes.
This is one of the first steps to learn the rules that govern the assemblage of bacterial communities. Once these rules are known, possible assemblages capable to live under particular conditions and carrying out particular functions may be predicted. This predictive power leads to the possibility of rational design and manipulation of microbiomes.