University of Wisconsin–Madison


Welcome to the van Pijkeren Laboratory!

We work at the interface of industry and medicine, with a focus on lactic acid bacteria. This fascinating group of organisms is important to the food, biotech and medical industries for their fermentation, enzyme-production and clinical applications, respectively.

The development of genetic tools is currently a central part of our research. Our expertise to efficiently edit the genomes of a variety of lactic acid bacteria species, including probiotic strains, allows us to gain mechanistic insights into probiotic-host interactions. We also exploit our genome-editing expertise to develop tailored probiotics that further enhance the health-promoting properties of these strains.

We’re grateful for the funding and collaborations that have made it possible to build a dynamic team of staff and students to drive our research.

If you are interested in learning more about our work, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


J.P. van Pijkeren, Ph.D.