Frontiers in analytical and bioinformatics techniques to characterize contaminant biotransformation and microbial community characteristics

To perform research on microbial biotransformation, a wide range of experimental and analytical tools from different disciplines need to be employed. This topic is therefore intended to share information on how the latest developments in these disciplines can optimally be profited from to identify the drivers of contaminant biotransformation. Techniques to be covered include high-resolution mass spectrometry, stable isotope labeling, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics workflows for taxonomic and functional characterization of microbial communities. We seek to invite speakers who are experts in the individual techniques and who can portray the latest developments and opportunities in their respective field. We also hope to discuss potential shortcomings and pitfalls when these techniques are employed by non-specialists.