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Welcome to the Molecular Bacteriology Laboratory at the Izmir Institute of Technology

The research area of the Molecular Bacteriology Laboratory is the common food-borne pathogens and the natural compounds such as phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and rosemary extract that have antimicrobial activity.

Our current research is about the antimicrobial activities of some herbal phenolic acids on the most infamous food-borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella Enteritidis, and E. coli O157:H7. The action mechanisms of phenolic acids are still unraveled but it is hypothesized that cell membrane may be one of the possible targets for research. We aim to prove that there are some physical interaction(s) between phenolic acids and the cell as well as to define the nature of this/these interaction(s). The results of our research can lead to a new generation of antimicrobials in the future.