Research

Research in Center for Electromicrobiology will advance along three main avenues driven by three overarching questions:

1. The electrical structures

Microbial long-range electron transport implies the existence of highly conductive, bioorganic structures optimized by evolution through hundreds of millions of years. Which biological molecules are conducting electrons with such a high efficiency, and what is the underlying mechanism?

2. The electrical organism.

Having the metabolism of distant cells coupled via electron conductors is an intriguing property offering cable bacteria unique options and special challenges. How does the metabolism of a multicellular organism with electrically connected cells function?

3. The electrical ecosystem.

When different microbial players directly interact via electrical currents, we must rethink ecological interactions and element cycling in nature. How do electrified ecosystems work?