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We do basic and applied research in microbiology and have various national and international projects. The three research groups are:

  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Molecular Genetics 
  • bioinformatics

See recent posts


Cultivable microorganisms

Microbial diversity and resistance

  • Identification and conservation of environmental microorganisms

  • Microbial communities associated with pianguas in the Pacific

  • Microbiomes of the Transmilenio bus system in Bogotá

  • Resistances in the environment

Laboratory tests

Biomarkers and diagnostics

  • Molecular diagnostic of M. tuberculosis

  • Transcriptomics in M. tuberculosis

  • Diagnostis of viral diseases in Colombia

Scientific knowledge

Microbial metabolites and enzymes

  • Identification and study of biosynthetic genes in strains ofStreptomyces

  • Petroleum biodegradation

Data integration


  • Analysis of metabolic potential in genomes and metagenomes 

  • Metabarcoding / microbiomes


Recent publications

  • Interplay Between Antimicrobial Resistance and Global Environmental Change. MM Zambrano. Annu Rev Genet. 2023 Nov 27:57:275-296.

  • Iron deprivation enhances transcriptional responses to in vitro growth arrest of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Alebouyeh S. et al. Front Microbiol. 2022 Oct 4;13:956602. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.956602.

  • The Lack of the TetR-Like Repressor Gene BCG_2177c (Rv2160A) May Help Mycobacteria Overcome Intracellular Redox Stress and Survive Longer Inside Macrophages When Surrounded by a Lipid Environment. García-Morales L et al. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2022 Jul 7;12:907890. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2022.907890.

  • Endotracheal tube microbiome in hospitalized patients defined largely by hospital environment. Cifuentes EA et al. Respir Res. 2022 Jun 24;23(1):168. doi:10.1186/s12931-022-02086-7.

  • Close Related Drug-Resistance Beijing Isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Reveal a Different Transcryptomic Signature in a Murine Disease Progression Model. Cerezo-Cortés MI et al. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 May 5;23(9):5157. doi:10.3390/ijms23095157. PMID: 35563545

  • Multilateral benefit-sharing from digital sequence information will support both science and biodiversity conservation. Scholz AH et al. Nat Commun. 2022 Feb 23;13(1):1086. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-28594-0. PMID: 35197464

  • Heterogeneous fitness landscape cues, pknG low expression, and phthiocerol dimycocerosate low production of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ATCC25618 rpoB S450L in enriched broth. Rodríguez-Beltrán É et al. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2022 Jan;132:102156. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2021 Dec 3. PMID: 34891037

  • Genetic and Bioinformatic Strategies to Improve Diagnosis in Three Inherited Bleeding Disorders in Bogotá, Colombia. Lago et al. Genes (Basel). 2021 Nov 18;12(11):1807. doi: 10.3390/genes12111807.

  • Annotating unknown species of urban microorganisms on a global scale unveils novel functional diversity and local environment association. Wu et al. Environ Res. 2021 Oct 9;112183. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112183.

  • A global metagenomic map of urban microbiomes and antimicrobial resistance. Danko et al. Cell. 2021 Jun 24;184(13):3376-3393.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.05.002. Epub 2021 May 26.

  • Dissecting industrial fermentations of fine flavor cocoa through metagenomic analysis. Fernández-Niño et al.  Sci Rep 2021 Apr 21;11(1):8638. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-88048-3.

  • COVID-19 drug practices risk antimicrobial resistance evolution. Afshinnekoo et al. Lancet Microbe. 2021 Apr;2(4):e135-e136. doi: 10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00039-2. Epub 2021 Feb 24.

  • The effect of aminoglycosides on horizontal gene transfer in Klebsiella pneumoniae. Acosta IA et al. Rev. Academic Colomb. Science. Ex. Fis. Nat. 2020. 44(170):105-120. 2021 Jun 24; 184(13):3376-3393.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.05.002. Epub 2021 May 26.

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