Remco Kort

Remco Kort IPC

Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Short bio (with links)
Dr. Remco Kort is Professor in microbiology at the VU University Amsterdam, holder of the ARTIS-Micropia chair and lecturer in microbiome research. His research focuses on genetics and function of lactic acid bacteria, including their role in food fermentation and vaginal health. He authored De microbemens (microbe man, transl.) about the intimate relationship between man and microbes. In Amsterdam he co-developed ARTIS-Micropia, the only microbe museum in the world. He is the co-founder of Yoba for Life, a non-profit organization, which developed a dried bacterial probiotic starter culture and established a program for enabling local production of functional fermented foods among low-income resource-poor communities in East-Africa.
Selected publications
  • van der Veer C, Hertzberger et al., and Kort. Comparative genomics of human Lactobacillus crispatus isolates reveals genes for glycosylation and glycogen degradation: implications for in vivo dominance of the vaginal microbiota. Microbiome 2019 Mar 29;7(1):49.
  • Wacoo, Mukisa et al., and Kort. Probiotic enrichment and reduction of aflatoxins in a traditional African maize-based fermented food. Nutrients. 2019 Jan 25;11(2).
  • Parker, Zobrist et al. and Kort R. Naturally fermented milk from Northern Senegal: Bacterial community composition and probiotic enrichment withLactobacillus rhamnosus. Front Microbiol. 2018 Sep 21;9:2218. 
  • Agamennone, Krul, Rijkers, and Kort. A practical guide for probiotics applied to the case of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in The Netherlands. BMC Gastroenterol. 2018 Aug 6;18(1):103.
  • Westerik, Kort, Sybesma, and Reid. Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic food as a tool for empowerment across the value chain in Africa. Front Microbiol.2018 Jul 10;9:1501.