The research of the working group focuses on biofilms. This includes the characterisation of biofilm components, the composition, and the biofilm development influenced by physico-chemical properties of surfaces as well as biofilm interactions with the eukaryotic world.
Recently, the development of new biotechnological processes going beyond classical fermentation technology becomes a second import topic of the working group research.
Key aspects of our research:
- Pattern recognition of molecular fingerprints
- Inter-kingdom Signalling: Interaction of Quorum sensing molecules with mammalian immune cells
- Bacterial Adhesion: Influence of Conditioning Films (CFs) on the adhesion process
- Characterization of biofilm EPS
- Biotechnology: Biomimetic compartmentation of cellular processes in mikrofluidic systems
To fulfil the tasks mentioned above the group can rely on a powerful analytical infrastructure. The BioOrganic Mass Spectrometry facility (BioOMS) provides various MS technologies and separation techniques that can be used for a wide range of analytical question including Proteomics and Metabolomics.
Moreover the group is in closed contact to surface chemistry groups and have therefore access to excellent surface analysis techniques (QCM-D, SPR, ESEM, ToFSIMS…).