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Jan Roelof van der Meer

Research Domains

My primary interest is the environment, the quality of our living resources and the ways that bacteria can help to manage and degrade human wastes and restore environmental health. Consequently, I am very interested in genetic adaptation processes in bacteria, the mechanisms by which they deal with toxic substances, how they react to pollution in general and how we can apply microbial processes in a useful way (like bacterial bioreporters).


  • Diversité du vivant: procaryotes (2nd semester biology)
  • Microbiologie des Procaryotes (3d semester biology)
  • Génétique des Procaryotes (4th semester biology)
  • Sequence a genome (Master MLS)
  • Bacterial Genomics and Evolution (Master MLS)
  • Microbial Diversity and Ecology (PhD tutorial)


Born on May 25th 1961 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2012 Full professor and Head of the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne
2006- Associate professor at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne
2003-2006 Assistant professor at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne
1992-2003 Group Leader in Molecular Microbial Ecology at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf, Switzerland
1991-1992 Postdoc at the National Dairy Institute in Ede, The Netherlands
1986-1990 PhD work at the Agricultural University in Wageningen, The Netherlands
1979-1985 MSc studies in Environmental Sciences and Soil Microbiology




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2010 Recipient of the Erwin Schrödinger Price of the German Helmholtz Association for the development of arsenic bioreporter assays.

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