Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Department of Environmental Engineering
The main research subject of Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (LMGM) is the study of microorganisms in extreme environments as well as the symbiotic relationships they develop with other organisms. The staff of the LMGM, using new advanced technologies (molecular technologies), contributes significantly to (a) the understanding and mapping of microbial communities developed in extreme environments, (b) the study of interactions between different microbial communities, (c) the effect of external factors on the development and establishment of microbial communities, (d) the identification of pathogenic microorganisms from environmental samples and (e) the isolation and characterisation of new species of bacteria, archaea and fungi. Finally, using innovative peer-to-peer technologies has launched an effort to decipher genomes and metabolic properties that interesting microbial communities possess. Similarly, with metagenomics, the laboratory staff study the microbial dark matter, which cannot be characterized using the former known cultivation methods in the laboratory. Following this way, not only isolated bacterial strains are studied, but the metabolic profile of microbial communities as well.
Lab head: Georgios Tsiamis