CMET researchers study microbial communities & interactions to better understand and steer ecological processes with an ultimate aim of improving and enabling biotechnological applications

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) is a part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University. CMET is specialized in the study and application of mixed microbial cultures or communities. A microbial community consists of several populations which each represent a functional biological entity and thus a diverse metabolic capacity. The assemblage of these biological entities represents - when properly organised - a powerful resource. CMET focuses on the optimal management of these microbial resources (Microbial Resource Management, MRM) enabling us to develop novel products and processes to improve our environment or human health in the most sustainable way. More specifically, CMET applies this approach in the fields of applied microbial ecology, functional food and feed, medical microbial ecology, risk assessment, biomaterials and nanotechnology, water treatment, aquaculture, bio-energy, and soils and sediments.

The CMET research group comprises a staff of about 65 academics and is part of the Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology of the Ghent University. On this website you will find all information on CMET research, education and services. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.



The public defence will take place on Monday the 26th of March 2018 at 5 pm in the Aula Ceremoniezaal, Volderstraat 9, 9000 Ghent.
There will be a contiguous reception to which you are heartily invited.

Event date: Mon, 26/03/2018 - 17:00

The ancient dialogue concerning arts and science is currently ongoing between KASK-HoGent and the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET).


The public defense will take place on Friday the 26th January 2018 at 17:00 in the “grote vergaderzaal” at the Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (KANTL), Koningstraat 18, 9000 Ghent.
There will be a contiguous reception to which you are heartily invited.

Event date: Fri, 26/01/2018 - 17:00

Every year, the Flanders Water Technology Network TNAV awards young engineers for their promising research for the water industry. Ir. Marjolein Minne was one of the three laureates for her master thesis “Assessment of biofilms in drinking water distribution systems by flow cytometry” (2016-2017). 


The Day of Science/Dag van de Wetenschap 2017 took place on the 27th of November. CMET was represented in the event by a quiz ‘ALL YOU NEED ARE BACTERIA’ and by a lecture given by Tom Vandekerckhove ‘HET BLAUWE GOUD: DE WAARDE VAN WATER’.


On 22 November 2017, CAPTURE (the Centre for Advanced Process Technology for Urban REsource recovery) is set to launch the CAPTURE Accelerator. This is an initiative of the CAPTURE platform, a partnership between professors from various faculties of Ghent University (UGent) and Flemish and international partners, both public and private.


Lisa Miclotte has won the presentation award of the annual Gut Day symposium. 


Annually, the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET) acknowledges outstanding work published by postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and industry affiliates. Xu Zhang of our group won one of the two awards: the award in the category Best Scientific Discovery 2016-2017.


CMET welcomes two new Professors; Ramon Ganigué and Tom Defoirdt.


Cristina Cagnetta with "Innovative strategies to maximize carbon and energy recovery from domestic wastewater", September 25th;
Bo Byloos with "The interaction of bacteria with volcanic rocks on Earth and in space", September 27th;
Eline Vanlancker with "The impact of chemotherapy on the host microbiota in the context of oral and gastrointestinal mucositis", October 13th.


CMET encourages thesis students to reflect on sustainability within their master thesis. An award is given to the student with the most in-depth and relevant proposal to improve sustainability in the lab.

  • Scientists at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel. Will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’?

Dr. Alberto Scoma of the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) received the 2016 VLIZ North Sea Award for his research on oil degradation at high pressure.


Doctoral dissertation ir. Way Cern Khor

Production of lactic acid and derivatives from grass using mixed populations

Event date: Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:00

On 7 March 2017, ir. Jolien De Paepe of the center for microbial ecology and technology received the prestigious ‘Odissea’ prize for her study “Water recycling in Space: from urine to hygienic water” in the presence of jury president Viscount Dirk Frimout (Belgian astronaut and astrophysicist for ESA) and Christine Defraigne, President of the Belgian Senate.


CMET is proud to announce new and exciting expertise within the group of Prof. Tom Van de Wiele. A new lab was built to facilitate the cultivation of in vitro models of host tissue, and combine them with our existing models of the human microbiome.


N-genius, the nitrogen cluster of CMET, hosted Ségolène Guinard from Labex-ARTS H2H -Université Paris 8. They’ve spent an inspiring day philosophizing about human interactions with N-cycle bacteria in space.


Ir. Benjamin Buysschaert of the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) received the 2016 Ernest du Bois prize for his research on flow cytometry.


BITS-Pilani K.K. Birla Goa campus and Ghent University have developed a novel technology relying just on electricity to disinfect wastewater and thus limit the risk to inhabitants around open drains.


During the Public Meeting of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, our Prof. Korneel Rabaey received the prestigious prize 'Laureates of the Academy' in the category ‘Technical Sciences'. Prof.