Studying life through the hologenomic window – how interaction between genes and microbes determine biological evolution.
Section for HoloGenomics
By applying a novel hologenomic approach the Section for Hologenomics aims to develop new and improved methods to study the entire molecular landscape between host and microbiome as one and understand how they shape evolution.
Head of the Section: Associate Professor Morten Tønsberg Limborg.
Microbes are no longer considered passive passengers but active crew, who can affect and even condition phenotype in complex organisms whether plants, invertebrates or vertebrates. Traditionally, the two parties are studied independently, but the new ‘hologenomic’ approach jointly analyses the interconnection between host genomes and microbial metagenomes, and their combined functions.
The Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics (CEH) will develop and implement state of the art 'omics and associated computational techniques, and address through experimental and theoretical research, four fundamental questions about life on earth:
- WHAT is the relationship between a host’s genome and the functional and taxonomic makeup of its associated microbial metagenome?
- DOES this relationship explain ongoing ecological and evolutionary processes in the host?
- COULD this relationship provide an alternate explanation to some of life’s big transitions?
- HOW have we humans exploited this relationship?
Disentangling host–microbiota complexity through hologenomics: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41576-021-00421-0
Holo-Omics: Integrated Host-Microbiota Multi-omics for Basic and Applied Biological Research: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101414
Et holistisk syn på organismen og dens mikroorganismer: (Popular research article in Danish) https://aktuelnaturvidenskab.dk/find-artikel/nyeste-numre/3-2022/et-holistisk-syn-paa-organismen-og-dens-mikroorganismer
Studying interactions between animals and their associated microorganisms using multi'omic methods.
Studying the molecular interactions between the microbiome domain and the respective host organisms using multi'omic methods.
The focus of the Computational Biodiscovery group is artificial intelligence in life sciences and supercomputing.
POPULATION AND STATISTICAL GENETICS
Using statistics to understand biological data, focusing on population genetics and integrative multi-omics.
Microbial Evolutionary Medicine
Studying the effects of microbial interactions within, and among species, and between microbes and hosts.
The Plant Hologenome
The group focuses on understanding phenotypic variation of plants using the holobiomic framework.