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.

About the Lab

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

The central focus of our research is in areas that use genomics, 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.

-Genomics of foodborne pathogens

-Microbiome research throughout the food supply chain from farm to fork

-Characterize flavor profiles, antimicrobial properties, and genomics of >500 varieties of chili (chile) peppers for use in the food industry and to improve human health

-New technologies for non-thermal processing of foods

-Worldwide food safety

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