Michiel Vos


Present: Lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter.

2009-2011: Post-doctoral position with George Kowalchuk at the Department of Terrestrial Microbial Ecology, NIOO KNAW Centre for Terrestrial Ecology

2007 – 2009: Post-doctoral position with Angus Buckling, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK (NWO rubicon grant)

2002 – 2006: Ph.D. with Gregory Velicer, Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology / Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

2004: Academic Visitor with Angus Buckling, University of Bath, UK (3 months)

1995 – 2001: B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology (specialization: Marine Biology), University of Groningen, The Netherlands, including a M.Sc. project at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA



Wielgoss, S., Didelot, X., Chaudhuri, R. R., Liu, X., Weedall, G. D., Velicer, G. J., & Vos, M. (2016). A barrier to homologous recombination between sympatric strains of the cooperative soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. ISME J advance online publication link to free download

Koskella, B.L. and Vos, M., 2015. Adaptation in Natural Microbial Populations. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 46(1). download pdf

Vos M, Hesselman MC, Te Beek TA, Van Passel MWJ and Eyre-Walker A. “Rates of Lateral Gene Transfer in Prokaryotes: High but Why?” Trends in Microbiology 23, no. 10 (2015): 598-605. download pdf

Balážová, T, Šedo O, Štefanic P, Mandić-Mulec P, Vos M and Zdráhal Z. Improvement in Staphylococcus and Bacillus strain differentiation by matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry profiling by using microwave‐assisted enzymatic digestion.” Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28.17 (2014): 1855-1861. link to free download

Wolf AB, Vos M, de Boer W, Kowalchuk GA (2013) Impact of Matric Potential and Pore Size Distribution on Growth Dynamics of Filamentous and Non-Filamentous Soil Bacteria. PLoS ONE 8(12): e83661. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083661 link to free download

Vos M, Wolf AB, Jennings SJ and Kowalchuk GA (2013) Micro-scale determinants of bacterial diversity in soil. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 37: 936–954. download pdf

Vos M, te Beek TAH, van Driel MA, Huynen MA, Eyre-Walker A, et al. (2013) ODoSE: A Webserver for Genome-Wide Calculation of Adaptive Divergence in Prokaryotes. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62447. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062447 link to free download

M. Vos, C. Quince, A. S. Pijl, M. de Hollander and G. A. Kowalchuk (2012). A comparison of rpob and 16S rRNA as markers in pyrosequencing studies of bacterial diversity. PLoS One 7 (2): 30600. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027266 link to free download

P. Garbeva, O. Tyc, M. Remus-Emsermann, A. van der Wal, M. Vos, M. Silby and W. de Boer (2011). No apparent costs for facultative antibiotic production by the soil bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf0-1. PLoS One (11): e27266. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027266 link to free download

M. Vos (2011). A species concept for bacteria based on adaptive divergence. Trends Microbiol. 19: 1-7 download pdf

M. Vos and G. J. Velicer (2009). Social conflict in centimeter- and global-scale populations of the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Curr. Biol. 19:1763-7 download pdf
Featured in a Current Biology Dispatch paper by Rachel Whitaker: Evolution: Spatial Scaling of Microbial Interactions (20)954-56 download pdf

G. J. Velicer and M. Vos (2009). Sociobiology of the Myxobacteria. Annu. Rev. Microbiol. 63: 599-623 download pdf

M. Vos, P. J. Birkett, E. Birch, R. Griffiths and A. Buckling (2009). Local adaptation of bacteriophages to their bacterial hosts in soil. Science 325: 833 download pdf + Supplement

M. Vos (2009). Why do bacteria engage in homologous recombination? Trends Microbiol. 17: 226-232 download pdf

M. Vos and X. Didelot (2009). A comparison of homologous recombination rates in bacteria and archaea. ISME J 3: 199–208 download pdf

D. Krug, G. Zurek, O. Revermann, M. Vos, G. J. Velicerand R. Müller (2008). Discovering the hidden secondary metabolome of Myxococcus xanthus: a study of intra-specific diversity. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 3058-68 download pdf

M. Vos and G. J. Velicer (2008). Variation in gliding motility in a natural Myxococcus xanthus population. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 64: 343–50 download pdf

M. Vos and G. J. Velicer (2008). Isolation by distance in the spore-forming soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Curr. Biol. 18:386-91 download pdf

A. Buckling, F. Harrison, M. Vos, M. A. Brockhurst, A. Gardner, S. A. West and A. Griffin (2007). Siderophore-mediated cooperation and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 62:135-41 download pdf

F. Harrison, L. E. Browning, M. Vos and A. Buckling (2006). Cooperation and virulence in acute Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. BMC Biol. 4:21. link to free download

M. Vos and G. J. Velicer (2006). Genetic population structure of the soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus at the centimeter scale. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72: 3615-25. download pdf Featured as Editors’ Choice in Science 312: 1279