Felix works on regulation of sporulation in Streptomyces.
He has been always interested in the way that some bacteria are able to differentiate specific cell types under some stress conditions.
The complex life cycle of streptomycetes involves two distinct filamentous cell forms: the growing (or vegetative) hyphae and the reproductive (or aerial) hyphae, which differentiate into long chains of spores.
Until recently, little was known about the signalling pathways that regulate the developmental transitions leading to sporulation.
Felix’s research focuses on the signal transduction pathway that triggers aerial hyphae differentiation.