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The aim of the AME team is to develop innovative biotechnological solutions, focusing on Archaea as a source of genes of biotechnological interest, and using synthetic biology as a genetic approach to improve microbial-assisted removal and sequestration of pollutants. We identify and characterize pathways relevant to biotechnology using a combined physiological, metabolomic and genomic approach, and use these pathways to genetically engineer a bacterial chassis and design biotechnological solutions for liquid effluent purification. On the long term the team aims at creating an engineered archaeal chassis based on one of the Thermococcales species in order to benefit from the extended growth and stress-resistance characteristics of this group to bring industrial bioprocesses to higher temperature and pressures.

The team is involved in three research axes:

  • Axis 1: Development of innovative pollutant treatment bioprocesses
  •  Axis 2: Genome mining for novel metabolic pathways in extreme environments
  • Axis 3: Genome mining for adaptive traits to extreme conditions in Thermococcales