The scientific field of microbiology enables PhD students to acquire the knowledge about functioning of microorganisms in all natural ecosystems and industrial systems and environmental technologies that use microorganisms as working organisms. The programme offers the latest findings in the field from molecular to environmental microbiology and microbial biotechnology.
The programme offers the knowledge of modern microbiological methods and techniques, the structure and dynamics of microbial genomes, about the sociomicrobiology of microbial interactions in model and complex systems such as soil, water, plants, gastrointestinal tract of animals, food... You learn about the role of microbial interactions for the management of harmful microorganisms, the production of new biologically active molecules, the development of biopesticides and probiotics, you study the sexact structure and role of microbial biofilms, the molecular characteristics and useful properties of polymers that connect cells in biofilms, you understand the problems and solutions in the management of harmful biofilms. The programme offers in-depth knowledge of the procedures for ensuring microbiologically safe food. Quite important focus is given to the knowledge that is crucial for sustainable agriculture, in particular the use of the latest technologies for the generation of energy from organic waste (methane, hydrogen) and their recycling in a circular economy. Modern biotechnological solutions for the production of bioethanol, biobutanol, mineral fertilisers, the use of bioremediation technologies and recent trends in the production of drug precursors by microbial metabolism of various organic waste are included. In this way we offer a comprehensive view of the role, meaning and possibilities of exploiting and modifying microorganisms in natural and anthropogenic systems.
prof. dr. Romana Marinšek Logar
prof. dr. Gorazd Avguštin