Who we are

Johan Bengtsson-Palme
Principal investigator, Assistant professor
PhD in Medicine (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
PostDoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

MSc in Systems Biology (University of Gothenburg)
BSc in Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Research interests include antibiotic resistance, interactions in microbial communities, secondary effects of antibiotics, pathogen ecology, metagenomic methods, molecular taxonomy and perturbed ecosystems.

Anna Abramova
PhD in Natural Sciences (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
MSc in Marine Ecology (University of Nordland, Norway)
BSc in Biology (Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia)


Anna is working within the EMBARK project which is focused on establishing background levels of antibiotic resistance across the world. Her work is primarily focused on the development of methods for detection of emerging resistance using genome-resolved metagenomics and co-localization analysis.

Emil Burman
Doctoral student
MSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Emil is working on identifying specific genes that affect bacterial invasion and colonization success, particularly in the face of environmental stressors, most prominently in the form of antibiotics. His project will lead to a better understanding of the genetic mechanisms that make a bacterium a better or worse invader and will also provide insights into the secondary effects of antibiotic exposure in the environment beyond development of antibiotic resistance.

Marcus Wenne
MSc in Molecularbiology (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg)

Marcus is investigating if there is an increased selection pressure for antibiotic resistance in bacteria living in soil amended with environmentally relevant levels of antibiotics. To do this he is using a bioinformatic approach to examine soil samples exposed to different levels of antibiotics for different amounts of time. His project will contribute to the knowledge of where selection for antibiotic resistance is (or is not) taking place.

Sebastian Wettersten
Master Student
BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Sebastian is working on the Metaxa2 package, specifically developing a tool to update improve the core databases used in Metaxa2. Ultimately, his aim is to allow regular, automatic, database updates of Metaxa2, leading to faster improvements in the identification and taxonomy classification of metagenomic data.

Mahbuba Lubna Akter
Master Student
BSc in Microbiology (Stamford University, Bangladesh)

Mahbuba is working on genes that act as determinants of successful invasion in microbial communities. Her research aims to understand the functionality and mechanism of potential invasion genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa identified in previous studies in the lab. She is also screening our culture collection for new invader strains to the model microbial community THOR, to explore what makes an invader better or worse.

Camille Wuyts
Visiting Master Student (Catholic University of Leuven)
BSc in Biochemistry & Biotechnology (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Camille’s project revolves around further characterization of genes important for the invasion success of P. aeruginosa in microbial communities, investigating if competition-associated genes are specifically targeting certain species in an established community or are broadly functional as general invasion genes.

Lisa Teichmann
External associated Doctoral Student
(University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
MSc in Environmental Technology (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
BSc in Environmental Technology (University of Stuttgart)

Lisa Teichmann is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the group of Stanley Brul (Molecular Biology and Microbial Food Safety). Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that are leading to the development of de novo resistance upon exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of antimicrobial agents. By knocking out different genes involved in stress-induced pathways in Escherichia coli, she is investigating the impact of these cellular mechanisms on the acquisition of antimicrobial resistance.