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Recent photograph by Emily Iversen from the  Luxembourg National Research Fund .

Recent photograph by Emily Iversen from the Luxembourg National Research Fund.

Sampling acid mine drainage biofilms with the Richmond Mine near Redding in northern California (USA) during my postdoctoral research period.

Sampling acid mine drainage biofilms with the Richmond Mine near Redding in northern California (USA) during my postdoctoral research period.

Sampling microbial mats near McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Sampling microbial mats near McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Portrait by the artist André Faber for  Le Jeudi .

Portrait by the artist André Faber for Le Jeudi.

 

Paul Wilmes is Associate Professor of Systems Ecology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, where he is head of the Eco-Systems Biology group. Paul obtained his PhD in 2006 from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK) a part of his doctoral research having been conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (Germany). After three years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), he returned to his native Luxembourg in early 2010 through an ATTRACT Fellowship of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). He initially established his research group at the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (now Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)  but later joined the LCSB.

Paul’s main primary research focus is on using Systems Biology approaches to identify key functionalities of microbial communities including human associated microbiota. His group has pioneered appropriate methodologies for carrying out systematic molecular measurements of microbial consortia over space and time. This allows for example to define lifestyle strategies of distinct populations and link these to genetic and functional traits. The same approaches allow the study of microbiome-host molecular interactions. In this context, his group has pioneered the development of a microfluidics-based in vitro model of the human-microbial gastrointestinal interface called HuMiX.

Paul has authored 80 peer-review publications. He is a frequent invited speaker at international scientific symposia and academic institutions. Paul is a member of several national and international scientific organizations, and he has won several prizes for his scientific work.

 
 
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