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".
Check out the advert for a junior research group leader in mechanistic modelling of microbial interactions, within the Microverse cluster in Jena! Deadline 15th June.
Welcome to Ofelia Popescu who starts her SOFI CDT project supervised by Simon Titmuss, on which we will collaborate!
Congratulations to Freya Bull, who has got through to the University-wide finals for the 3 minute thesis competition! Here is a video of her talking about her work on modelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Check out our new preprints on bioRxiv! Ellen Young and Gavin Melaugh's paper explains how structural changes in simulations of growing biofilms can arise from an interface pinning transition. Patrick Sinclair, Chris Brackley and Martin Carballo Pacheco present a simple model for stochastic biofilm initiation.
Rosalind is honoured to have been awarded an Esther Hoffman Beller lectureship to speak (online) at the APS March meeting, at the Delbrück symposium in honour of Terry Hwa, who won the Delbrück Prize.