Karolien Bijnens

PhD student

Master in Biomedical Sciences
Master in Bioscience Engineering: Cell and Gene Technology

Joined the group in October 2016

Research project: The planarian microbiome and its response to external stressors

My project focusses on the bacteria associated with Schmidtea mediterranea. Currently, I am investigating which factors influence the planarian microbiome. I am using next-generation sequencing to study how the bacterial composition changes by external stressors. As altered bacterial communities may lead to dysbiosis, I also try to understand the role of bacteria in the planarian’s physiology.

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