Doctor Tomislav Cernava

Dr Tomislav Cernava

Assoc Prof in Plant-Microbe Interactions

Research interests

  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Plant and environmental microbiomes
  • Microbiome genes (M genes)

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

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My research is primarily focussed on obtaining mechanistic insights into microbiome functioning. I mainly work with plant and environmental microbiomes, but also with other microbiomes, e.g. indoor microbiomes, to link them to human health and disease. I am currently involved as PI in several research projects, including such that are funded by Horizon Europe and national funding bodies. During the last years I have co-authored more than 135 peer-reviewed publications. In the beginning of 2023, I was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Southampton after being Assistant Professor at Graz University of Technology (Austria) for several years.