Environmental and Evolutionary Microbiology Group
Prof. Jan Roelof van der Meer
Department of Fundamental Microbiology / University of Lausanne
Environmental and Evolutionary Microbiology

My primary interest is the environment, the quality of our living resources and the ways that bacteria can help to manage and degrade human wastes and restore environmental health. Consequently, I am very interested in genetic adaptation processes in bacteria, the mechanisms by which they deal with toxic substances, how they react to pollution in general and how we can apply microbial processes in a useful way (like bacterial bioreporters, bioremediation, microbiome engineering).

January 29 2019

This is the last week for Maxime, finishing his Master's project on the design and engineering of phenol-responsive ribose-binding protein mutants, and for Nora, who helped Birge on the lake water  communities project. Thank you so much, both of you, for the wonderful time and your endless energy! We will miss you. All the best for your future studies and careers.

Welcome to Andrea, our new PhD student working on the ICE project

and to Senka and Caroline, two new master students, who will start their projects mid-February.


December 20 2018

This month is the last for Simone Hargraves, who did her First-Step project in the lab under supervision of Roxane, working on the role of oxidative stress on ICE activation.

And of Dainora Jankunaite, visiting student from Aalborg University, who did a four-month internship in the lab under supervision of Vladimir, working on the development of BRET-bacterial sensors.

Thank you, Simone and Dainora! It was a pleasure having you in the lab. All the best for the continuation of your studies.

December 20 2018

Welcome to our new group web-site, as from now on called EEM-Lab.

We hope you like the new layout, which has been designed by Doran Pauka. Thank you, Doran!

Jan van der Meer

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Jan Roelof van der Meer

Group leader

Nicolas Carraro


Andrea Daveri

PhD student

Manupriyam Dubey

PhD Student

Marian Morales

PhD Student

Roxane Moritz

PhD Student

Birge Özel Duygan

PhD Student

Xavier Richard

shared PhD student with Christian Mazza

Vladimir Sentchilo

Senior scientist

Diogo Tavares

PhD student

Andrea Vucicevic

PhD student

Noushin Hadadi

Postdoc shared with Vassily Hatzimanikatis

Maxime Brunner

Master student

Senka Causevic

Master student

Caroline Gaille

Master student
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Jan Roelof van der Meer

See Jan van der Meer live at the 'Night of the Microbes' of the ISME meeting 2018. Lecture: Jan van der Meer's video talk called

Synthetic Biology: Principles and Applications is available on at


Latest publications

Heterologous Expression of Pseudomonas putida Methyl-Accepting Chemotaxis Proteins Yields Escherichia coli Cells Chemotactic to Aromatic Compounds.

Roggo C, Clerc EE, Hadadi N, Carraro N, Stocker R, van der Meer JR.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 Sep 15. 10.1128/AEM.01362-18

Host diet mediates a negative relationship between abundance and diversity of Drosophila gut microbiota.

Erkosar B, Yashiro E, Zajitschek F, Friberg U, Maklakov AA, van der Meer JR, Kawecki TJ.

Ecol Evol. 2018 Sep. 10.1002/ece3.4444

Bacterial bioreporter detection of arsenic associated with iron oxides.

van Genuchten CM, Finger A, van der Meer JR, Peña J.

Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2018 Jun 20. 10.1039/c8em00071a

Prospects for harnessing biocide resistance for bioremediation and detoxification.

Atashgahi S, Sánchez-Andrea I, Heipieper HJ, van der Meer JR, Stams AJM, Smidt H.

Science. 2018 May 18. 10.1126/science.aar3778


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