Applied Molecular Microbiology

The 2018 Summer Schools in Applied Molecular Microbiology took place at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, from 8 – 16 September. Applications are now closed.

The focus for this year was ‘Microbial Specialised Metabolites: From Genome to Molecule’ and recognises the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis.

Topics for 2018 included;

  • Isolation and screening of metabolite-producing microorganisms
  • Diversity of specialised metabolite producers
  • Natural product biosynthesis
  • Natural products in microbial communities and cell-cell interactions
  • Natural products in symbioses with higher organisms
  • Regulation of natural product biosynthesis, including intra- and extracellular signalling
  • Metagenomics and heterologous pathway expression
  • Diverse microbiomes
  • Genomics mining for novel natural product discovery
  • Prediction and characterisation of biosynthetic pathways in silico and experimentally
  • Activation of transcriptional silent cryptic gene clusters
  • Pathway engineering


  • Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Greg Challis, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Dušica Vujaklija, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Barrie Wilkinson, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK