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The Symbiotic and Pathogenic Interaction group (SPI) studies diverse topics related to bacterial survival under stress conditions. Check out our Research page for more info.

In the spotlight


Our Compendium of Adaptive Microbial Experiments in the Lab (CAMEL) is online. This database collects (meta)data from evolution experiments carried out using bacteria or yeasts. 

News flash


15 June 2022: Dorien presented her work on "Transcription-coupled DNA repair underlies variation in persister awakening and the emergence of resistance" at the "EMBO workshop: New Approaches to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria" in Ascona, Switzerland. 


18 March 2022: Laetitia wrote a blogpost for VSC on het latest paper. Check the link here


28 November 2021: Elen and Silke visited elementary school VBS Maleizen in the frame of the VIB ‘Science on the Road’ school project to introduce fifth grade students to the fascinating world of bacteria. Two days of fun and educative activities! Check out the report here


7 November 2021: Laure and Bram wrote a refreshing review on evolution and ecology of persistence. Check the link here


24 June 2021: Another successful PhD defense, congratulations Thomas!


25 May 2021: Jan and Dorien wrote a Dispatch for Current Biology, check it out here.


6 May 2021: Laetitia presented her work on quantifying conjugation kinetics in natural Escherichia coli strains at the Plasmids Around the Globe online talk series.


20 April 2021: Etthel's work on population bottlenecks affecting the evolutionary dynamics of persistence is now published in Molecular Biology and Evolution


16 April 2021: Celien and Liselot published a review on “Protein aggregation as a bacterial strategy to survive antibiotic treatment” in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences. Nice read!














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