The ‘Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaires’ (LMGM) studies fundamental processes related to the biology and physiology of bacteria, including the functioning of certain organelles. The Unit is structured in 7 research teams whose themes cover the following axes, studied at different scales and by a large panel of integrative approaches:
- Organization, maintenance, plasticity, evolution and expression of microbial genomes
- Horizontal and vertical gene transfer
- Assembly and dynamics of molecular machines, superstructures and organelles
- Bacterial cell cycle
- Bacterial collective behaviors
- Bacterial adaptation through multilayer interactions of gene networks
- Stress responses, antimicrobial resistance and bacterial persistence
Our research ranges from single molecules to living bacterial cells and their interactions with the environment. It is based on molecular genetics, biochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics. The bacteria we study are interesting model organisms for both basic research and applications in the fields of biotechnology, food industry and health.
The LMGM is part of the Center for Integrative Biology in Toulouse (CBI Toulouse), which regroups three research departments. It depends on two supervisory authorities : the CNRS and the Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier university.