Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics
The Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics (CMPG) was founded in 1953 by Professor Joseph M. Heuts (1917-1996), and originally named after F. A. Janssens (1863-1924), discoverer of crossing-over sites in chromosomes of meiotic cells.
The CMPG at the KU Leuven is dedicated to research of microbe-host interactions. Nine members of academic staff lead an integrated community of more than fifty doctoral research students and post-doctoral research fellows, supported by a team of technicians and secretarial staff. Members of our academic staff take also part in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBSE) with lectures and practical courses in genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology.
The laboratory is accommodated in the left wing of the main building of the Faculty. The infrastructure is made according to safety regulations for research on genetic modification of cells and organisms. In-house modern equipment supports research activities in molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology of bacteria, fungi, plants and animal cells. With standing interests in functional genomics, our facilities include machinery for high-throughput analysis of genomes and proteomes.