Learning from old microbiota
Disturbances in the complex microbial communities - the microbiota - that colonise the internal and external surfaces of humans have serious consequences for many vital functions, including the mental constitution.
Through natural evolution, not only we as humans, but also our microbiota are subject to continual changes that also have a serious impact on the interaction of all partners.
Our group specialises in biomolecular archaeology, with a focus on reconstructing the prehistory of human nutrition and the evolution of the microbiota. We are interested in ancient DNA and proteins that contribute to insights into prehistoric human health, the oral and gut microbiota of ancestral humans, the origins of dairy farming and past human migrations.
Together with internal and external cooperation partners, we derive insights into human nutrition from our research data, among other things, and search for microbial natural products that may be of interest for new therapeutic applications.