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Engineered Microbial Systems

Microbial life has been detected in the rather extreme and hostile environments. The capacity to colonize the most diverse niches in nature relies on the incredible metabolic flexibility held by the microbial world. Provided that performing a specific set of biochemical reactions may grant survival to a cell or a whole microbiome, a core biocatalytic function can sometimes be remarkably optimized.

The group of Engineered Microbial Systems held by Prof. Alberto Scoma focuses on peculiar microbial functions in poorly-explored environmental niches to define novel bioprocesses of societal and industrial interest.