Dr. Bram Vekeman


Microbial Physiology Research Group

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen


+49 421 2028-6380

Dr. Bram Vekeman

Research Interests

My research focuses on the microbial physiology of microorganisms that turnover methane and ammonium. I aim to identify and culture novel microorganisms active in marine and freshwater water columns and sediments. To enrich these microorganisms, I use state-of-the-art approaches including continuous cultivation bioreactors that mimic the environment as closely as possible under controlled conditions. After culturing these microorganisms, I aim to physiologically characterize them, disentangle their further metabolic capacities, and unravel the underlying biochemical pathways.

My main research projects are:

Discovery of new biochemical pathways involved in the anaerobic activation of ammonium

Cultivation and physiological characterization of diverse methane-producing microorganisms

Discovery of ethane-producing microorganisms

Cultivation and isolation of new nitrite-oxidizing microorganisms

Metabolic flexibility of methane converting microorganisms

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