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".
A warm welcome to our new group assistant Mr Moritz Wiegand!
Congratulations to Nia Verdon who has submitted her PhD thesis!
We are advertising an experimental postdoc position on biophysics of microbial aggregation in the context of the human gut microbiome. Please publicise it! Deadline is 22nd November.
Check out our student Patrick Sinclair's paper in Physical Review Letters presenting a model for stochastic initiation of bacterial biofilms - and a commentary on it in Nature Reviews Physics.
Congratulations to Patrick Sinclair who has successfully defended his PhD thesis!