Peter Vandamme lab

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme

Tel: +32 9 264 5113

Research topic

Prof. Peter Vandamme is Professor at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Chair of the Department Biochemistry and Microbiology and Director of the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection. His research activities are focused on studying the diversity and functionality of microbial communities and his main research interest concerns the lung and gut microbiomes of cystic fibrosis patients. He was promotor of 5 completed PhD studies addressing the microbiology of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients, and 4 completed PhD studies addressing the gut microbiome of healthy volunteers, patients with Crohn’s disease and patients with cystic fibrosis. He collaborated with Prof. Jeroen Raes (KULeuven) and Prof. P. Dawyndt (UGent) to develop novel tools for analyzing next generation sequencing data sets of microbial communities. The laboratory of Microbiology is fully equipped to isolate, analyze and preserve anaerobic microbial communities and has an extensive collection of anaerobic bacteria derived from human gut microbiome studies.

Selected publications

  1. T. Coenye and P. Vandamme. 2003. Diversity and significance of Burkholderia species occupying diverse ecological niches. Environ. Microbiol. 5:719-729.
  2. M. Joossens, G. Huys, M. Cnockaert, V. De Preter, K. Verbeke, P. Rutgeerts, P. Vandamme and S. Vermeire. 2011. Dysbiosis of the fecal microbiota in Crohn’s disease patients and their unaffected relatives. Gut 60:631-37
  3. G. Duytschaever, G. Huys, M. Bekaert, L. Boulanger, K. De Boeck and P. Vandamme. 2011. Cross-sectional and longitudinal comparison of the predominant fecal microbiota composition between a group of pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis and their healthy siblings Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:8015-8024.
  4. B. Mesuere, B. Devreese, G. Debyser, M. Aerts, P. Vandamme, and P. Dawyndt. 2012. Unipept: tryptic peptide-based biodiversity analysis of metaproteome samples. J. Proteome Res. 11: 5773–5780
  5. M. Mysara, P. Vandamme, R. Props, F.-M. Kerckhof, N. Leys, N. Boon, J. Raes, and P. Monsieurs. 2017. Reconciliation between Operational Taxonomic Units and Species Boundaries. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fix029

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