Innovative Techniques

During its 300-year history, microbiology’s level of understanding has always reflected the availability of suitable methods for studying the structure and function of highly complex communities of organisms that are mostly invisible to the human eye. 

The development of innovative methods for microbiome research is a particular strength of many of the CoE members, and the research in this cluster will be supported by ten dedicated non-profit facilities that form our cross-cutting methods module. The facilities will boost research activities in all three themes, guaranteeing that within individual projects comparable high-end data on microbiome structure and function will be gained. All facilities will also offer education and training opportunities for early career researchers as well as workshops where users can share results and experiences.

  • MF1: Joint Microbiome Facility
  • MF2: Bioanalytics and Environmental Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • MF3: Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Facility
  • MF4: Single-Cell Transcriptomics Facility
  • MF5: Stable Isotope Facility
  • MF6: Chemical Imaging Facility
  • MF7: Microfluidics and Lab/Organ-on-a-Chip Facility
  • MF8: Protein Characterization Facility
  • MF9: Atomic Force Microscopy Facility
  • MF10: Life Science Compute Cluster