Ghent University (UGent)

The Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET) is a part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. LabMET is focused on the use and functioning of microbial communities. LabMET works in the fields of applied microbial ecology, functional food and feed, medical microbial ecology, risk assessment, biomaterials and nanotechnology, water treatment, aquaculture, bioenergy and bioproduction, and soils and sediments. Most of the research involves a combination of engineering and (molecular) biotechnology enabled by a multidisciplinary research environment comprising reactor/technology facilities with molecular biotechnology and analytical laboratories.
Main tasks in the project

  • Development of a high pressure ecosystem simulator (WP4)
  • Development of a mobile MEC based system for oil spill remediation(WP5)
  • Examine the possibilities of slow oxygen release systems (WP 6)
Nico Boon - Contact this person by email

Nico Boon is Associate Senior Professor at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (Ghent University) and Head of the Department of Microbial and Biochemical Technology. His areas of interests have been the development of molecular methods for the qualitative and quantitative description of microorganisms and investigations of microbial processes in carbon and nitrogen cycling, novel bioaugmentation strategies for xenobiotics. During the last years, the research interests are focussed on the development of new microbial ecological theories to link the microbial community structure to functionality. He has responsibilities in major national international research programs

Korneel Rabaey - Contact this person by email

Korneel Rabaey is Associate Senior Professor at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (Ghent University). He has recently joined UGent after working at The University of Queensland (Australia). He was group leader BESs as well as incoming director of the Centre for Microbial Electrosynthesis. In this capacity he was project leader for a range of projects funded by Australian Research Council, CSIRO as well as collaborative projects with industry partners. He was also one of the project leaders for the Australian Node of EU-FP6 project “NEPTUNE”. In 2007 he co-founded Bilexys Pty. Ltd. He is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in the field of Bioelectrochemical Systems.

Alberto Scoma - Contact this person by email

Alberto Scoma is a postdoc at Gent University (LabMET). His areas of interest are bioprocessing, culture physiology and cell metabolism. He has been working with purple non-sulphur bacteria and green microalgae in photosynthetically-driven processes for the production of chemicals and bioenergy, as well as with bacteria and archea in anaerobic digestion processes, within the broader concept of second generation biorefineries. Within Kill•Spill he studies the microbial metabolism under high hydrostatic pressure, thus simulating marine environments at the seafloor. Further research is on bioelectrochemical systems able to support oil degradation in a marine environment. Both lines will be dedicated to the characterization of oil-degrading microbial communities, the isolatation of particularly performing strains, and the understanding of metabolic pathways leading to a sustained biodegradation.

Eleni Vaiopoulou - Contact this person by email

Eleni Vaiopoulou is a Doctor Assistant at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (Ghent University). She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, is a former Senior Research Fulbright scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. and also worked on consultancy and research projects related to petrochemicals treatment, bioremediation, wastewater treatment, early warning systems, environmental impacts and policy. Her current research focus is on electrochemical inorganics recovery and oil spill electro-bioremediation.