Dr Melanie Lang (Clerc)
BRCCH Consortium Member
Dr Melanie Lang, PhD, has been a postdoctoral researcher working in Prof Shinichi Sunagawa’s group at the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zurich since March 2020. She studied zoology (2007–2010) and progressed to a master’s degree in evolutionary biology (2010–2012) at the University of Basel. She then moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in disease ecology in Dr Amy B. Pedersen’s group at the University of Edinburgh, where she investigated the mechanisms of parasite within-host interactions in wild rodents (2013–2017). Eager to find out more about how the resident bacterial communities within an organism (microbiota) could be linked to an individual’s health and disease outcome, she joined Prof Debby Bogaert’s group at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh, where she studied, amongst other projects, how the microbial networks at different sites of the human body could be linked to each other and how this affected susceptibility to respiratory tract infections in healthy infants (2017–2020). She now applies her wet lab, bioinformatics and data analysis experience within the framework of the BRCCH’s precision microbiota engineering project.