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.
  • BLUEGent IOF Business development center for Aquaculture and Blue Life Sciences.
  • Biomolecules : IOF Business development center for Production of Bio-based molecules and engineering tools

  • Biomares : IOF-platform for Biorefining of marine resources and marine bio-actives, Biomares is a collaboration between the UGent IOF consortia BLUEGent, CropFit, End-of-Waste, ChemTech and Biomolecules.


The Lab of Microbiology has a vacancy for an Assistant (temporary AAP appointment 2 years, renewable twice). At least 50% of the assignment involves cutting edge academic research in preparation of a PhD dissertation. Other tasks in teaching assistance in microbiology and in service provision. Deadline 28 March 2023. 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