Josue Leonardo Castro Mejia

Josue Leonardo Castro Mejia

Assistant professor, tenure track

Current research

  • Characterization of complex microbial communities of fermented foods (e.g. dairy and plant-based fermented foods) and gut microbiome
  • Genetics, physiology and metabolism of lactic acid bacteria (e.g. SLAB and non-SLAB)
  • Biology, detection and biotechnological properties of bacteriophages (LAB and nonLAB)
  • Computational microbiology tools, multivariate data analysis, and data integration
  • Bioinformatic workflows for analysis of sequencing data (amplicon and shotgun metagenome), and high-performance computing (HPC)
  • Omics- (MNR, GC-MS, spectroscopy) applications to understand/optimize fermentation processes



  • Dairy Microbiology (MSc level – 7.5 ECTS)
  • Microbiome Analysis (PhD level – 6 ECTS) [Co-responsible]
  • Microbiology of Fermented Food and Beverages (MSc level – 7.5 ECTS)
  • Basic Cell and Molecular Biology (BSc level – 7.5 ECTS)
  • Supervisor and co-supervisor on numerous B.Sc. and M.Sc. projects.

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