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 2019

  • Milanese A et al.
    Microbial abundance, activity, and population genomic profiling with mOTUs2
    Nat Commun, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08844-4
  • Salazar G et al.
    Gene Expression Changes and Community Turnover Differentially Shape the Global Ocean Metatranscriptome
    Cell, doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.10.014


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