It’s the little things…

Kevin Verstrepen of the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology envisages three major areas of interest for his center: “Micro-organisms are an important model system for cells in higher organisms. Many molecular basic mechanisms of life are discovered first in micro-organisms. The same will be true in the future.”
“On the other hand, (some) microbes make us sick. Although we have developed antibiotics, the microbes are fighting back, and they are fiercer than ever. If we want to control infectious diseases – MRSA above all - we must develop much stronger lines of research,” continued Verstrepen. However, micro-organisms are also beneficial: intestinal micro-organisms are essential for the digestion of food and play a crucial role in our health. Moreover, micro-organisms make wine, beer, cheese, and chocolate.... “We also want to take further steps towards synthetic biology in that area, designing artificial cells to make medicines or purify water”, Verstrepen added.

Kevin Verstrepen, Science Director of the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology