Evolutionary Genetics - EG

Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics

The 'MicroBio - Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics' subgroup consists of two senior researchers (integrated members) who are researchers at the INIAV - National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinary Research, one PhD student and one MSc student.
The main lines of research developed by our group are the following
1) Studying the evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic resistance and bacterial virulence, both in bacterial genomes and microbiomes belonging to different environments (e.g. human and animal gut and natural environments). We aim to understand how these genetic traits spread between different microbiomes, linking animal, human and environmental health in line with the OneHealth concept.
2) Understand how genome plasticity, mediated by mobile genetic elements such as plasmids, transposons, integrons, phages, ICEs, etc., contributes to microbial communities responding to stress conditions such as antibiotic exposure or anthropogenic contact and adapting to the environment.
3) To study the genomes of human foodborne bacterial pathogens and their persistence in food processing environments.
4) Contribute to the development of educational games and other activities to disseminate scientific knowledge about biological evolution, and in particular the evolution of microbial genomes.