Baumler Lab is a lab in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota led by Dr. David J. Baumler. Research areas include Microbial Systems Biology, the Food Microbiome, Development of Innovative Food Safety Methods, Antimicrobials, Chili Peppers, and Paleo Systems Biology.

About the Lab

Baumler Lab is a research laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota led by Assistant Professor David J. Baumler.

The central focus of our research is four main areas that use systems biology and food microbiology methods to:

-Study infectious disease of foodborne pathogens and beneficial microbial flora during interactions with hosts through a combination of experimental and computational methods using genome-scale metabolic models.

-Investigate the fermentation processes of yeast and microorganisms used in the food/beverage industry

-Characterize flavor profiles and antimicrobial properties of chili peppers for use in the food industry and in many fermented items such as cheese, meats, and beverages.

-Infer metabolism of ancient/ancestral microorganisms through a new field called “Paleo Systems Biology,” started by Dr. David J. Baumler.