Welcome to the Michiels lab

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

12 January 2021: Another online PhD defense, heartfelt congratulations to Etthel!

29 June 2020: Etthel received a 1-year postdoctoral mandate (PDM) from KU Leuven's Research Coordination Office. Hurray! 

24 June 2020: Dorien was awarded a 3-year postdoc fellowship from FWO Vlaanderen to continue her research on persister awakening. Congrats!

10 June 2020: Pauline successfully defended her PhD during an online public defense. Congratulations! 

8 May 2020: Hot off the press: Etthel's paper on strategies for evolutionary adaptation to antibiotic stress. Check it out here!

29 March 2020: Three new papers from the SPI group! Vincent published a review on desiccation stress in bacteria (Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology), Liselot elucidated biochemical characteristics of a toxic isoform of ObgE (International Journal of Molecular Sciences) and Taiyeb developed a microscopy screening methodology to study bacterial lysis (Frontiers in Microbiology).

4 February 2020: Taiyeb published his work on the antibacterial activity of nanopillars. Check it out here!

31 January 2020: Paul won the oral presentation award at the 25th National Symposium for Applied Biological Sciences (NSABS). Hurray! 

17 January 2020: Jan was interviewed by Science & Vie on the threat of dormant bacteria, click here for the full article (in French).

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