KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

  • The presentation language is English.
  • If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.

Event Details

Stefanie Widder
KLI Colloquia
Case-Studies of Structure–Function Mapping in Microbial Communities
Stefanie WIDDER (KLI)
2017-04-20 16:30 - 2017-04-20 18:00
Organized by KLI

Topic description:
Interacting microbes are capable of implementing complex functions such as resistant starch degradation in human guts, denitrification of water in wastewater treatment or ABx tolerance in disease-related biofilms. To better understand and manage microbial functions we require understanding of the intrinsic and environmental factors that drive microbial community organization and shape collective, microbial functions. I will present my recent research on structure-function mapping performed on divers microbial communities from selected habitats. I will bridge between the predictability of environmental variation in river biofilms, the competition among functional guilds in the lung microbiome of persons with cystic fibrosis, the self-organisation of gut microbiota with heterogeneous memory capacity and the identification of predominant organization principles inferred from time-series data of microbial composition.


Bibliographical note:
Dr. Stefanie Widder is a computational biologist, currently a senior fellow at the KLI and affiliated with the Medical University of Vienna. She is working on the systems biology of complex communities, in particular microbial consortia and gene regulatory networks. Her research aims at predictive understanding of complex community functions that find application in human health and related fields (e.g. Widder et al. ISMEJ 2016).