Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology

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Unique bacterial collection encompassing lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from traditional food products, LAB of human origin and clinicaly relevant and environmental microorganisms enables the up-to-date research in Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology (LMM) in the following areas:

I Beneficial microbes and their products against multi-drug resistant pathogens

  • characterization and cloning of new antibiotic resistance genes;
  • molecular basis of virulence factors;
  • mechanisms involved in prevention of formation and/or  biofilm degradation;
  • new antimicrobial molecules (antibiotics, bacteriocins, secondary metabolites)
  • characterization and application of adhesins - molecules that prevent pathogens binding;
  • bacteriophages, as antibiotic replacament therapy.

II  Host-microbe interactions

  • LAB isolates as producers of bioactive compounds acting as immunomodulators, neurotransmitters or protectors in the host
  • LAB probiotic potential in specific diseases and pathological conditions (IBD, diabetes, pain, multiple sclerosis, intoxications);
  • enterococci: virulent vs. probiotic potential analysis;
  • microbiota composition in correlation with autoimmune and neurodevelopmental diseases.

Innovative activities of LMM are focused on formulations of innovative probiotic and starter cultures for the production of functional food for humans and animals, as well as the formulations of new antimicrobial compounds as substitutes for antibiotics and food preservatives.

Current projects
Selected publications

Head Office / Mailing address:
Vojvode Stepe 444a,
11042 Belgrade 152, Serbia

Tel: +381 11 3975960
Faks: +381 11 3975808 


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