Welcome to the website of the Theoretical Microbial Ecology group, led by Rosalind Allen. We are mainly based at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, in Germany, with some group members at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Edinburgh University.
Our group's research focuses on microbe-environment interactions - how single-celled organisms such as bacteria survive and grow in complex and changing environments. We are especially interested in how bacterial populations are inhibited by, and evolve resistance to, antibiotics, and how microbial communities establish themselves and maintain their function. We develop theoretical models for single cells and populations, informed by experimental data from our own microbiology lab as well as from collaborations. Our group is part of the DFG-funded excellence cluster in Jena, "Balance of the Microverse".
Here is a great 3 minute video of our PhD student Freya Bull describing her research modelling bacterial infection of a urinary catheter!
We are searching for a part-time computer systems administrator for our group in Jena. Please contact us if you are interested!
Welcome to Ariane Zander who has joined us as a technician in our lab!