The MiDiv Lab

We believe the basic processes of the gut microbiota are key to health and disease.

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Ekaterina Avershina

MiDivLab

We believe the basic processes of the gut microbiota are key to health and disease.

Our main scientific interests are transmission and establishment of gut bacteria within a host population, in addition to host-bacterial coevolution. We have a particular focus on the role of mobile genetic elements and antibiotic resistance genes in these processes. We are also interested in using bacteria as indicators in environmental/health indexing.

We are actively working with translating basic scientific findings into practical application. These efforts have led to the first CE-marked test for the role of the gut microbiota in irritable bowels syndrome (IBS) commercialized through the company Genetic Analysis (www.genetic-analysis.com ), with the multinational biotech company Biorad as the lead investor.

Our main research themes cover:

  • Establishment of the infant gut microbiota
  • Transition from infant to adult gut microbiota
  • The role of the commensal microbiota as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance
  • Honey bees as a model for understanding spread of antibiotic resistance
  • The salmon gut microbiota
  • Biological phosphorus removal from waste-water
  • Evironmental classification
  • Biofilms

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Published 6. August 2013 - 14:00 - Updated 17. January 2019 - 21:05

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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