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.

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Main publication 2019

  • Piccardi P et al.
    Toxicity drives facilitation between 4 bacterial species
    PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1906172116
  • Testa S et al.
    Spatial structure affects phage efficacy in infecting dual-strain biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    Comm Biol, doi: 10.1038/s42003-019-0633-x

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epfl lausanne

Sara Mitri
Evolutionary Microbiology Group
UNIL, Lausanne
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Domain(s) of activity:

  • Evolution and phylogeny
  • Systems biology
  • Deep sequencing data
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Experimental biology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbiology
  • Synthetic biology

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research

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