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Prof. Dr. Paul Wilmes

Full professor in Systems Ecology

Fakultät oder Zentrum Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine
Department Systems Ecology
Postadresse Campus Belval, Université du Luxembourg
7, Avenue des Hauts Fourneaux
L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse BioTech I, 4.11
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 6188
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Prof. Dr. Paul Wilmes (LCSB)
Dr. Paul Wilmes (LCSB)

Paul Wilmes is Professor of Systems Ecology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, where he is Head of the Systems Ecology research group (Wilmes Lab). Paul obtained his PhD in 2006 from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK), a part of his doctoral research having been conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (Germany). After three years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), he returned to his native Luxembourg in early 2010 through an ATTRACT Fellowship of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). He initially established his research group at the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann but later joined the LCSB.

Paul’s main primary research focus is on using Systems Biology approaches to identify key functionalities of microbial communities including human-associated microbiota. His group has pioneered appropriate methodologies for carrying out systematic molecular measurements of microbial consortia over space and time. This allows, for example, to define lifestyle strategies of distinct populations and link these to genetic and functional traits. The same approaches allow the study of microbiome-host molecular interactions. In this context, his group has pioneered the development of a microfluidics-based in vitro model of the human-microbial gastrointestinal interface called HuMiX.

Paul has authored more than 80 peer-review publications. He is a frequently invited speaker at international scientific symposia and academic institutions. Paul is a member of several national and international scientific organizations, and he has won several prizes for his scientific work.

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2018 – present













Head of the Integrative Molecular Biomedicine Department, LCSB, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

May 2017 – present













Deputy Head of the Systems Biomedicine Department, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

December 2017 – May 2018













Career break, parental leave

February 2015 – present













Associate Professor; Head of the Eco-Systems Biology research group, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

October 2011 – January 2015













Principal investigator, ATTRACT Research Fellow; Head of the Eco-Systems Biology research group, 
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

February 2010 – September 2011













Project leader (Luxembourg National Research Fund ATTRACT fellow), Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann, Belvaux, Luxembourg

May 2006 – December 2009













Postdoctoral research scholar; Host: Prof. Dr. Jillian F. Banfield, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Last updated on: 07 Feb 2019