In the Integrative Bioinformatics group we aim at developing and applying computational tools to understand the evolutionary and ecological principles that govern the structure and dynamics of complex microbial communities, in particular those associated with plant roots and leaves. In this context, we focus on two main research questions: i) what are the principles that govern microbiota establishment, stability and dynamics and, ii) how adaptation occurs in a community context, where multipartite microbe-microbe as well as host-microbe interactions exert selective pressure in all interacting partners.
In order to address these questions, we employ a variety of mathematical and computational tools designed to analyze sequencing data, including marker gene amplicon surveys of natural and synthetic microbial communities, whole genome sequences of cultured microbes, environmental shotgun metagenomics and transcriptomics.
Our lab actively collaborates with experts in experimental and computational biology, both within the department as well as from other institutions across the globe.
Future research plans
Our group was established recently (January 2017) and we are currently recruiting talented and motivated PhD and postdoctoral scientists. If you are interested in available job opportunities, please contact Ruben Garrido-Oter by mail. A more detailed description of our ongoing and planned research projects will follow shortly.