Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM)
Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM) belongs to the "Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis" (FW02)
Prof. Dr. Hans J. Nelis (chairman of the department) & Prof. Dr. T. Coenye
Mission statement of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology
The Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM) of Ghent University aims to carry out basic and applied research in the field of sociomicrobiology at an internationally recognised level. To achieve this goal we are dedicated to creating an environment in which researchers can optimally perform in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere of mutual respect. We take great pride in fostering collaborations between the LPM team and other researchers worldwide. In addition, the LPM is dedicated to the teaching and training of the next generation of professionals and scientists.
The main research activities of the LPM laboratory are focussed on sociomicrobiology, i.e. research concerning the group behaviour of micro-organisms. More specifically, in the LPM research is centered around biofilm formation by various micro-organisms, the evaluation of novel strategies to prevent biofilm formation and/or eradicate existing biofilms, the molecular basis of resistance in biofilms and cell-cell communication (quorum sensing) and its link to microbial biofilm formation. The LPM laboratory is member of the Ghent University Center for Sociomicrobiology and is actively involved in the FWO Scientific Research Community "Biology and Ecology of Bacterial and Fungal Human Bioflms".