I am interested in the antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria in cheese. Combining laboratory techniques with next generation sequencing shall elucidate the mode of microbial inhibition. I am affiliated to the "Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit, University Bern" and Agroscope (Swiss federal centre of excellence for agricultural research).
I am developing a new yoghurt fermented with multiple bacterial strains selected from a large database. The challenge is to define interesting targets and then to select the appropriate bacteria, mostly based on analysis of genomic data. Later, these hypotheses will be tested in specific-pathogen-free, germ-free and isobiotic mice. I am affiliated with the Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit but also with Agroscope and the Inselspital.
Sara Doina Schütz
I am working with Francisella tularensis holarctica, which is a highly infectious bacterium that can cause the zoonotic disease tularemia in humans. I am interested in the functional characterization of different genotypes occurring in Switzerland. Using a proteomic and transcriptomic approach my goal is to understand the persistence and the transmission of the pathogen in the tick cell host on a cellular and molecular level. I am affiliated to the Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit at the University Bern and Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz BABS (Spiez Laboratory).