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The Microbial Factories Within Us

We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time and we are told to “trust our gut instinct” when taking a difficult decision. This is not just metaphorical but there is science behind.

The gut can tell the brain all what happens in the body. That is why the gut and brain are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones 

As bacteria in our gut process the food we eat, they produce a huge number of chemicals, some of which end up in the blood stream and circulate to the brain and potentially affect how we feel.


In my research team, we study what chemicals are produced by gut bacteria, why the bacteria produce them and whether they affect our health or can even interfere with the medication we take. Our work brings us closer to improve the state of our microbiota through healthy food, which may ultimately improve our mental wellbeing.

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​University of Groningen
Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB)
Department of Molecular Immunology and Microbiology (MIM)
Nijenborg 7, 9747 AG Groningen

the Netherlands