Department of Genetics and Microbiology

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    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)

    Spain

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

El Departament de Genètica i de Microbiologia (DGM) és l’ encarregat d’organitzar i desenvolupar la investigació així com d’impartir la docència de les disciplines incloses en les àrees de la Genètica i la Microbiologia.

Es tracta d’un departament interfacultatiu, format per tres unitats departamentals, dues ubicades a la Facultat de Biociències (Unitat de Genètica i Unitat de Microbiologia Campus) i la tercera (Unitat de Microbiologia Medicina) integrada pel personal docent i investigador de l’àrea de Microbiologia de les Unitats docents hospitalàries de la UAB: U.D. Sant Pau; U.D. Vall d'Hebron; U.D. Hospital del Mar, U.D. Germans Trias i Pujol i G.D. Parc Taulí.

L’activitat del DGM està totalment compromesa en participar en l'aventura intel•lectual sense precedents que representa la Biologia del segle XXI. Aspirem (i) a contribuir amb la nostra capacitat i la nostra dedicació al progrés científic realitzant una investigació d’excel·lència en les àrees de la Genètica i de la Microbiologia; (ii) a proporcionar una formació de qualitat als nostres estudiants, futurs investigadors, docents i professionals en aquestes àrees; i (iii) a col·laborar a augmentar el benestar de la nostra societat mitjançant l’aplicació pràctica dels nostres coneixements en la Medicina i diferents sectors industrials com el de la biotecnologia, aliments, farmàcia i medi ambient entre d’altres.

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Causes and consequences of chromosomal rearrangements.
  • Evolutionary impact of transposable elements.
  • Molecular and structural evolution of genomes.
  • Genetic and ecological mechanisms that promote biodiversity in natural communities.
  • Molecular evolution of mobile genetic elements in interspecific hybrids and in natural colonizing populations.
  • Genetic architecture of the species.
  • Genetic basis of thermal adaptation.
  • Evolutionary potential of endemic species.
  • Evolution of primitive genetic systems.
  • Study of the structure of natural Drosophila populations using molecular markers.
  • Molecular phylogeny of the complex buzzati (group replete; genus Drosophila).
  • Molecular evolution of mobile genetic elements in interspecific hybrids and in natural populations.
  • Interspecific hybrid genetic instability due to transposition of mobile elements in Drosophila.
  • Expression of the Osvaldo retrotransposon in lines and interspecific hybrids of Drosophila.
  • Taxes of occupation of transposable elements in original populations and colonizers of Drosophila using the "in situ" hybridization technique in polytechnic chromosomes.
  • Bioinformatic analysis of nucleotide diversity.
  • Genotype-phenotype association.
  • Mathematical models of pattern formation and morphological evolution.
  • Morphometry of embryos and evolution.
  • Biomonitoring of human populations for the determination of the genetic risk of environmental, occupational or therapeutic exposures.
  • Genetic polymorphisms as individual susceptibility factors.
  • Detection and mechanisms of genotoxicity of environmental contaminants.
  • Genetics or molecular biology of Fanconi anemia and other rare diseases resulting from errors in the repair of DNA lesions.
  • Molecular bases of the pathogenesis and drug resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Detection and characterization of resistance mechanisms, mainly resistance to beta lactams in enterobacteria.
  • Detection and characterization of resistance to antituberculosis drugs in mycobacterium and the current epidemiology.
  • Rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases with special interest in Virology, Parasitology and Mycology.
  • Design of microbial sensors for biotechnological, clinical and environmental applications.
  • Effect of pollutants: hydrocarbons and metals on microorganism populations in natural and artificial environments.
  • Study of microbial diversity in agricultural systems. Impact of phytosanitary treatments.
  • Genomics of bacterial pathogens aimed at the identification of virulence factors and the design of new vaccines.
  • Use of environmental mycobacteria in the study of tuberculosis and cancer treatment.
  • Mechanisms of regulation of gene expression in pathogenic bacteria.
  • Synthesis of DNA precursors and pathogenesis.
  • Study of the mechanisms of resistance to antibacterials.
  • Biotechnological applications of bacteria.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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