What we do

We are interested in studying ecological and evolutionary factors that determine the structure, function and diversity of microbial communities – with a focus on the ocean ecosystem and the gastrointestinal tract of animals and humans. To this end, we develop and combine bioinformatic and experimental approaches to integrate quantitative ‘meta-omics’ readouts with contextual information, with the goal to better understand and predict the role of environmental microorganisms and the underlying mechanisms of host-microbial homeostasis.

Find out about the Group’s activities

Publications 2020

  • Paoli L and Sunagawa S
    Space, time and microdiversity: towards a resolution revolution in microbiomics
    Environ Microbiol Rep, 10.1111/1758-2229.12897
  • Sunagawa S et al.
    Tara Oceans: towards global ocean ecosystems biology
    Nat Rev Microbiol, 10.1038/s41579-020-0364-5


eth zurich

Shinichi Sunagawa
Microbiome Research Group
ETH Zurich
Group webpage


Domain(s) of activity:

  • Genes and genomes
  • Systems biology
  • Genome reconstruction
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiology
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Software engineering

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research