...aims to understand microbial communities with a combination of lab experiments and mathematical modeling. Microbes are all around us and even live in large numbers on and in our bodies where they directly impact our health and well-being. Although microbial communities are such an essential part of our lives, we know very little about how they function. Our lab aims to gain a deeper general understanding of microbial communities, especially how interactions between microbes shape the overall communities and determine their functions. We believe a better understanding of microbial communities allows us to develop new ways of treating a variety of diseases.



June, 2020: First Lecture. Christoph will make his first attempt in giving a lecture. For more details check out the teaching page.

February, 2020: Papers out. Christoph's paper got published in Nature Ecology and Evolution and Dani's in Science Advances .

February, 2020: Christoph will give a talk at the Evolving Microbial Communities workshop at the MPI for Evolutionary Biology end of April. --cancelled--

December, 2019: Our new lab homepage is online. Although it needs still some polishing.

December, 2019: Our paper about how bacterial interactions determine biodiversity and stabilty in complex communities was accepted in Nature Ecology and Evolution .

November, 2019: Mostly Dani's and a little bit mine paper about how transient invaders cause lasting changes in microbial ecosystems was accepted in Science Advances.


C. Ratzke*, J. Barrere*, J. Gore
"Strength of species interactions determines biodiversity and stability in microbial communities"
Nature Ecology and Evolution 4, 376–383 (2020)

D. Amor, C. Ratzke, J. Gore
"Transient invaders can induce shifts between alternative stable states of microbial communities"
Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 8 (2020)

C. Ratzke*, J.Denk*, J.Gore
"Ecological suicide in microbes"
Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 867–872 (2018)

C. Ratzke, J. Gore
“Modifying and reacting to the environmental pH can drive bacterial interactions”
PLOS Biology 16(3): e2004248 (2018)

C. Ratzke, J.Gore
“Self-organized patchiness facilitates survival in a cooperatively growing Bacillus subtilis population”
Nature Microbiology, Article number: 16022 (2016)