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


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Shinichi Sunagawa
Microbiome Research Group
ETH Zurich
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Domain(s) of activity:

  • Genes and genomes
  • Systems biology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Experimental biology
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiology
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Personalised medicine
  • Phylogeny
  • Population genetics
  • Software engineering

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research
  • Medicine and health
  • Ecology