The Role of Microbiology on Health and Disease

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 189

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Health 2, Room 4040, 4349 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Houston, TX 77204-5039, USA
Interests: public health; microbiology

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Donghu Experimental Station of Lake Ecosystems, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, China
Interests: freshwater ecology; freshwater harmful algal blooms; environmental and health microbiology; ecological restoration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbes and humans co-exist and co-evolve on our planet. Microbes (fungi, bacteria, and viruses) play important roles in human health and disease. These microbes are widely distributed in air, freshwater bodies, marine waterbodies, soil, and food products as well as gut environments. Some microbes maintain and improve human health in direct or indirect manners, such as by producing beneficial compounds, etc. Some microbes (e.g., pathogens and harmful algae) serious threaten public health via producing highly toxic compounds or causing infectious diseases. The interactions between microbes and humans are complicated. The underlying mechanisms by which microbes benefit or threaten public health remain to be fully explored. Particularly, with global climate warming and human activities increasing worldwide, how the microbes adapt to these ongoing changes and affect public health is an urgent research priority.  

This Special Issue is focused on the role of microbes on human health and disease from basic and practical perspectives. It has a broad scope including, but not limited to, the following areas: identification, characterization, and detection of microbes or their compounds of interest; new approaches for treating harmful microbes (e.g., harmful algae) and pathogens as well as their toxins; human–microbe interaction; microbial effect on human health and disease; adaption of microbes (e.g., harmful algae and pathogens) to climate change and increasing human activity; models, etc.. Original research articles, reviews, and short communications are welcome.

Dr. Chenlin Hu
Dr. Hong Shen
Guest Editors

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  • microbe
  • health
  • diseases
  • detection
  • characterization
  • model
  • adaptation
  • treatment

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