Laboratory of Microbiology

The LM-UGent team studies microbial diversity, evolution, taxonomy, ecology and biochemistry. Research topics in environmental, plant, medical and food microbiology.

LM-UGent was founded in 1959 by the late professor Jozef De Ley. Today it is a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 biotechnologists, biologists, biochemists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, (bio-)informaticians, and technicians led by Peter Vandamme, Anne Willems, Aurélien Carlier, Marie Joossens, Petra Van Damme, Bart Devreese and Kurt Houf, studying microbial diversity, evolution, taxonomy, ecology, host-microbe interaction and biochemistry.

Research topics are diverse and embedded in environmental, plant, medical and food microbiology.



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Research consortia

  • LM-UGent staff contribute expertise to several research consortia and networks:
  • Food-2-Know Centre of Excellence for feed, food and health
  • EMBRC European Marine Biological Research Resource Center
  • CropFit Multidisciplinary consortium of Ghent University and HoGent experts on biostimulants and biocontrol
  • MIRRI Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure
  • ProteoGent : UGent expertise center for Proteomics.
  • Protein Technologies : Consortium for development of protein based technologies for biomedical applications.


At present there are no open vacancies.

Practical Information

Lab. of Microbiology, Dept. Biochemistry and Microbiology
Ghent University, Campus Ledeganc
K. L. Ledeganckstraat 35
B-9000 Gent

Secretariat: Epifania Verstraeten

T 09 264 51 04