Christian Ahrens

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Bioinformatician
PhD

Research Group

  • 22.00.13.10 Molecular Ecology

Organisational Unit

Competence Division Method Development and Analytics

Christian Ahrens

Agroscope
Reckenholzstrasse 191
8046 Zürich
Switzerland

Phone +41 58 460 61 14

Location Reckenholz

Christian Ahrens

Projects

  • 22.08.13.10.01 Molecular Microbial Ecology in Agricultural Systems
  • 22.08.13.10.02 Bioinformatic Methods for the Use of Functionally Relevant Microbiome Isolates
  • 22.05.16.04.01 Engineering of New Bio-Based Molecules as Alternatives to Pesticides
  • 22.08.18.03.05 The microbiomes of cheese, its smear and alpine cheese dairies
  • 22.09.18.07.02 Improving Udder Health
  • 22.09.18.09.01 Microbial Protective Cultures in the Agri-Food Chain
  • 22.15.19.05.01 Using Soil Life for Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems

Christian Ahrens

Activities

Analysis of microbiomes and of the functionally most relevant isolates following the overarching theme “from genome to function

Portfolio: Bioinformatic analysis and integration of functional genomics data types (genome sequences, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics data, etc.), including also comparative genomics analyses. Participation in national and international research consortia (e.g. on the analysis of compost microbiomes, the analysis and characterization of biocontrol strains with the aim to reduce pesticide use and of plant growth promoting strains). Synergies with 3rd party funded research: development of integrated model systems to elucidate the development of antibiotics resistance and biofilm formation; development of methods to improve accurate and comprehensive genome annotation of prokaryotic organisms; identification of novel biocontrol genes and peptides with antimicrobial function.

Thematic focus: prokaryotes, biocontrol, plant growth promotion, plant-microbe interaction, fermented foods, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation

Methodologial focus: De novo genome assembly, synergy genomics and metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, integrated data analysis, unravel mechanisms of action

Selected publication repositories

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