About Us

The Division of Microbial Ecology (DOME) at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) is a team of microbiologists and molecular biologists. Our mission is to unravel the complexities of microbial life and its profound impact on our health and environment.

Our research explores the evolution, ecophysiology, interactions and functions of microbes across a broad range of systems. We apply cutting-edge methods, from 'omics analysis, to single-cell isotope probing, to microbial imaging, to computational community modelling.


Get to know our research by exploring our active projects and the researcher profiles of our principle investigators. 

At DOME, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of scientists at every level of education, including undergraduate and doctoral programs, as well as intensive methods-based courses.



Our International FISH Course will be held again from September 9th to 13th 2024. During the one-week course, participants will be introduced to the...


The first "AI for Life Sciences" hackathon, hosted by Vienna-based software company Gradient Zero in collaboration with David Berry from DOME. This...


Embark on a flavorful journey with the BaMiKo project, where cooking meets microbiology! Discover the secrets of a healthy gut through vlogs, crafted...


Roland Hatzenpichler

Associate Professor at Montana State University, USA

hybrid, UBB HS2

Eva Nováková

Associate Professor at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

hybrid, UBB HS2

Aileen Berasategui López

Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

hybrid, UBB HS2

Aude Bernheim

Group Leader at the Pasteur Institute, France

hybrid, UBB HS2

Avigdor Eldar

Associate Professor, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

hybrid, UBB HS 1

Chantal Abergal

French National Centre for Scientific Research, Marseille, France

hybrid, UBB SR 2.1

 Latest Publications

Zhong Z-P, Du J, Köstlbacher S, Pjevac P, Orlić S, Sullivan MB. Viral potential to modulate microbial methane metabolism varies by habitat. Nature Communications. 2024 Dec;15(1):1857. Epub 2024 Feb 29. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-46109-x

Ayeni KI, Seki D, Pjevac P, Hausmann B, Krausová M, Braun D et al. Biomonitoring of Dietary Mycotoxin Exposure and Associated Impact on the Gut Microbiome in Nigerian Infants. Environmental Science & Technology. 2024 Feb 6;58(5):2236-2246. Epub 2024 Jan 22. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.3c07786

Ayeni KI, Berry D, Ezekiel CN, Warth B. Enhancing microbiome research in sub-Saharan Africa. Trends in Microbiology. 2024 Feb;32(2):111-115. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2023.11.003

Kop LFM, Koch H, Jetten MSM, Daims H, Lücker S. Metabolic and phylogenetic diversity in the phylum Nitrospinota revealed by comparative genome analyses. ISME Communications. 2024 Jan 10;4(1):ycad017. Epub 2024 Jan 10. doi: 10.1093/ismeco/ycad017