The composition of microbial communities is dynamic: The relative abundances of species within a community vary with time and change with environmental conditions. We are developing mathematical and computational models to study the response of such microbial communities to environmental perturbations or to explain the emergence of various community types.
Stefan Vet (PhD student ULB/VUB) – co-promotors: J. Danckaert / L. Gelens / D. Gonze
Rudy Pelicaen (PhD student ULB/VUB) – co-promotor: S. Weckx
KU Leuven (Karoline Faust)
D’hoe K, Vet S, Faust K, Moens F, Falony G, Gonze D, Lloréns-Rico V, Gelens L, Danckaert J, De Vuyst L, Raes J (2018) Integrated culturing, modeling and transcriptomics uncovers complex interactions and emergent behavior in a three-species synthetic gut community, eLife, in press.
Faust K, Bauchinger F, Laroche B, de Buyl S, Lahti L, Washburne A, Gonze D, Widder S (2018) Signatures of ecological processes in microbial community time series, Microbiome, 28:120.
Vet S, de Buyl S, Faust K, Danckaert J, Gonze D, Gelens L (2018) Bistability in a system of two species interacting through mutualism as well as competition: chemostat vs. Lotka-Volterra equations, PLoS One, 13:e0197462.
Lab website: http://www.ulb.ac.be/sciences/utc/