Hygiene and Microbiology
Our Hygiene and Microbiology research group is dedicated to the study of pathogens and hygiene using university’s own biosafety level 2 laboratory. The research focus of the group centres primarily on the study and analysis of hygiene and hygiene-related microbiology in non-clinical contexts, particularly in projects examining the antimicrobial properties of over-the-counter cleaning and cosmetic products and their raw ingredients. A continued focus of the group is the hygienic effects of everyday household devices, for example the microbial analysis of the effects of using low temperature cleaning cycles in dishwashers and washing machines. Here the research group conducts microbial counts and testing of antimicrobial products according to international standards.
Another noteable research emphasis of the Hygiene and Microbiology research group is on the development of new analytical methods in microbiology. To achieve this goal, the group has numerous tools at its disposal, ranging from classic microbiological research tools to cutting-edge equipment and methods used in molecular biology and optical analysis, for example flourescent microscopy as well as PCR, RT-PCR and FACS analysis. With the help of these methods and equipment, the Hygiene and Microbiology research group tackles infection and pathogens in non-clinical environments, evaluating potential risk rates and developing innovative, prevantative solutions. Unlike with normative approaches, which generally use model organisms in experiments, our research group prefers to use the actually microorganism in question during experiments once the full composition of the related microbial population has been determined.