Team leader: Junjie Qin
The goals of the Metagenomics Unit are to study the communities of microbial organisms directly in their natural environments using the modern genomics techniques. In the past several years, advances in DNA sequencing techniques, throughput and analysis have allowed valuable glimpses into this uncharted genomic space. Our Unit is taking part in the MetaHIT project as part of the 7th Framework Programme, which aims to study the genomes of all the bacteria constituting the human intestinal flora in order to characterize its functions and implications on health. The current focus of the Unit is both on one bacteria genomics and metagenomics, such as sequencing, assembling, annotating and quantifying species abundance, comparing analysis of different communities, gene expression in a community and so on.