Sebastian Bonhoeffer

PI | ETH Zurich |


Trained originally as a physicist, Sebastian Bonhoeffer moved into evolution and population dynamics of microbial organisms and infectious pathogens during his Ph.D. studies in the department of zoology at the University of Oxford. Later, as a junior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and then as an SNF professor at ETH Zürich, he began to work on the evolution of energy metabolism in heterotrophic organisms, discovering a fundamental trade-off in growth rate and yield in heterotrophs. Bringing together his expertise on the mathematical modeling of microbial population dynamics with the evolution of metabolism in microbial communities will be central to the goal of uncovering fundamental organizing principles in microbial communities.

Research Interests

mathematical modeling, microbial population, microbial communities

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Sebastian Bonhoeffer