Student projects in Evolutionary Medicine at Københavns Universitet

In the the Microbial Evolutionary Medicine Group we operate at the intersection of evolutionary and clinical microbiology, in the developing field of Evolutionary Medicine. We study the effect on our health of host-microbe interactions through in vitro and in vivo experiments, using microscopy, flow cytometry, and bioinformatics. We complement this with screening patient samples for biomarkers to evaluate the translational value of our experimental work.

The star of our work is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which lives in the human stomach. H. pylori is thought to have co-evolved with modern humans, and is renowned for causing stomach ulcers and -cancer. Infection can, however, also protect against other diseases such as asthma and allergies. The outcome may depend on a complex interplay of host and bacterial genetics, age at infection, and interactions with other microbes in the gut. We explore the consequences of infection on host metabolism and parasite susceptibility.

We're looking for dedicated students to join us for an experimental and/or computational project at all levels - PUK to MSc thesis. Please contact me for more details!

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