Research projects in microbiology in IMBIM are focused on evolution and dissemination of antibiotic resistance and virulence. One area of interest concerns mechanisms of site-specific recombination and transposition, often integrated processes that arrange, in a programmed fashion, genes on plasmids and chromosomes. The second area of interest is focused on resistance-mediating mutations, the cost and reversibility of these mutations and the fixation of mutated alleles in populations of naturally transformable bacteria.
Our research in virology spans over a broad field, from basic characterization of virus growth and virus - cell interaction to the use of viruses as model systems to study intricate cellular control mechanisms. Among the viruses that are studied are; adenovirus, polyomavirus, papillomavirus, Hepatite C virus and rotavirus