I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Architecture and Regulation of Metabolic Networks Group of Kiran Patil at European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.
Also, I am a PAL in the SysMilk project aiming at designing microbial communities for fermented milk products via a Systems Biology Approach. The project is a part of the ERASysAPP (ERA-Net for Systems Biology Applications).
My research interests focus on the analysis of interspecies interactions in microbial communities of broad species diversity. Since most communities contain a huge number of species and thus are difficult to assess under laboratory conditions, we decided to establish milk kefir as a model community. The kefir grain community consists of about 50 to 100 different microbial species including bacteria, yeasts and sometimes filamentous fungi. Kefir is easy and fast to propagate and as such suits well as a model for interspecies interaction and community formation. Currently I'm working on the interdependencies of different species within the kefir community.