What we do

Our group focuses on studying social interactions in microbial communities and how they evolve. We follow an interdisciplinary approach, where we quantify and characterize interactions within small bacterial communities in the lab, and then use computational and mathematical models to explain and predict how these interactions will change over ecological and evolutionary time-scales.

Main publication 2017

  • Niehus R et al. The evolution of siderophore production as a competitive trait. Evolution 107; 71:1443.

Find out more about the Group’s activities


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Sara Mitri
Evolutionary Microbiology Group
UNIL, Lausanne
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Domains of activity:

  • Systems biology
  • Comparative genomics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Experimental biology
  • Metabolomics
  • Phylogenetic tree analysis (natural selection)
  • Synthetic biology

Domains of application:

  • Ecology
  • Basic research