Prof. Christian von Mering

Institution: Institute of Molecular Life Science, University of Zürich

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Our group studies the genomes of entire microbial communities, based on the new and exciting metagenomics approach. Metagenomics describes a technique that encompasses the sampling of DNA directly from an environment; the DNA is then shotgun sequenced without prior knowledge of what organisms are actually present. This approach has become necessary because most naturally occurring microbes cannot be grown in the laboratory, which has lead to a situation where our molecular knowledge of microbes is vastly incomplete and quite biased. Only recently, researchers have begun to fill this gap by cultivation-independent molecular techniques such as metagenomics sequencing. Our group uses computers to analyze the vast amounts of molecular sequence data this produces. Christian


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Neha Daga, PhD Student