THE RATZKE LAB...

...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.

THE RATZKE LAB...

NEWS

November, 2022: With Denijel the first Master student finished his thesis in our lab. In lack of a real graduation hat he gets this virtual one. Congratulations Deni!

July, 2022: Welcome Karl! Karl joined us as a PhD student and will bring some more machine learning vibes to the lab. Check out the team page for more details.

June, 2022: New preprint is online. Worms chose their bacterial food wisely to optimize fitness. Work by Perez-Escudero lab with smaller contributions from our side.

May, 2022: Welcome Albane! Albane is a fellow of the Cluster of Excellence for Machine Learning and is (co-)hosted by our lab. Check out the team page for more details.

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RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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)