November 4th 2019, Ilke De Boeck finalised her PhD about the ‘Study of the upper respiratory tract microbiota and the potential of probiotics for the management of chronic rhinosinusitis’ with a public defence.
In this PhD project, the microbiota of the upper respiratory tract (URT) and the potential of probiotics as innovative treatment strategy for CRS was investigated. The following research questions were addressed:
- Which insights can microbiome research provide on the potential beneficial members of the URT and how do these beneficial members associate with the pathobionts?
- What is the importance of lactic acid bacteria in the URT?
- Do lactobacilli have potential as URT probiotics
The PhD thesis can be found here.