Jan van der Meer is a professor at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in the Department of Fundamental Microbiology. Previous to his appointment in Lausanne, he worked as group leader at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Research (Eawag). Dr. van der Meer received his PhD from the Wageningen University and Research Centre, and completed postdoctoral work at the National Dairy Institute in Ede, The Netherlands. His research focuses on how bacteria respond and adapt to contaminated environments, and how these adaptations can be used for useful purposes, such as generating environmental reporters. One application, a bacterial biosensor for arsenic, was awarded the 2010 Erwin Schrödinger Prize.
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Talks with this Speaker
van der Meer gives an introduction to synthetic biology and provides an example of its application in designing bioreporter bacteria that detect environmental contamination. (Talk recorded in June 2015)