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The over-arching aim of Pete Lund’s research is to understand cellular stress responses. By stress responses his team means the changes that take place in organisms when they are placed under stressful conditions. Such stresses may involve changes in temperature, pH, osmotic potential, redox potential, starvation for essential nutrients etc. In understanding stress responses they would like ultimately to know how stresses are detected, how detection leads to a response, what the nature of the response is, what the roles of the different components of the response are, and how these roles are fulfilled by the components of the stress response.
Dr Lund's team uses bacteria and archaea as model systems for investigating the points above. Their methodological approaches range from classical molecular genetics, biochemistry, and biophysics, to high throughput approaches including whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics, and network prediction and analysis. They are currently studying the role of duplicated molecular chaperone proteins in mycobacteria, and the structure and function of the archaeal thermosome protein.