Animals and plants live in intimate contact with their natural environment which is always characterized by the presence and frequently abundance of microorganisms. My research goals are to provide an understanding on the diversity, physiology, and the molecular mechanisms of interactions between animal / plant hosts and their microbial symbionts by taking a function-driven approach. A combination of modern molecular biology techniques, organic chemistry methods as well as in vivo experimentation and regular field work is employed towards this goal. There are currently three groups in the laboratory:

Marine sponge-microbe interactions
Plant-microbe interactions
Novel antiinfectives