Campylobacter adaption and phage interaction

Campylobacter is a paradigm. It is a very sensitive bacterium to work with in the laboratory, yet highly persistent in the environment, being the top-ranking source of foodborne-associated illness in humans in Europe.

We study the mechanisms that lie behind Campylobacter adaptation to different environments such as the human and animal intestine as well as food production systems and employ molecular methods for these projects.

Since phages and bacteria co-exist in the environment we determine the phage defence-mechanisms employed by Campylobacter and the counteracting changes of the phages both at the phenotypic and genotypic level to study how phages influence the bacterial population during evolution.

For more information please contact Lone Brøndsted (lobr@sund.ku.dk)