In November 2023, a Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation was installed at the Department of Medical Microbiology, RWTH University Aachen, for the Clavel Research Group Functional Microbiome. The workstation was installed by Hüseyin Apu of Meintrup-DWS Laborgeräte.
Dr Thomas Clavel is a renowned scientist in the field of microbiome research. In their work at the Clavel Laboratory, the team focuses on researching the intestinal microbiome, which comprises the communities of microorganisms, their genomes, and environmental factors. As gut microorganisms have a significant impact on the physiology of their host, it is crucial to study and understand their diversity and functions. The research group focuses mainly on the gut microbiomes of humans, pigs, and mice, as they are of crucial importance for health. Using culture-based and sequencing methods, they are interested in characterising the taxonomic and functional diversity of gut bacteria.
The use of isolates under standardised conditions in continuous culture systems and gnotobiotic models, helps them better understand microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. The conversion of lipids and their effects on gut and liver physiology are some of the microbial functions involved in interactions with the host and nutritional factors.