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.


The group of Peter Vandamme has a vacancy for a motivated PhD student in the framework of the European research project "MIBIREM – Toolbox for Microbiome-based Remediation" (deadline 31 July 2022). Further information can be found here.

The group of Marie Joossens has a vacancy for a post-doctoral assistant (deadline 26 July 2022). Further information can be found here.

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