The Institute's background began in 1946, when the Latvian Academy of Sciences Institute of Microbiology was founded on the basis of the serum station in Kleisti. In 1993, the Institute's yeast and bacteria researchers decided to join the University of Latvia by establishing the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Established in 1993, separated from the Augusts Kirhenšteins Institute of Microbiology of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Its first director was Mārtiņš Beķers.

The main research directions:

  • metabolism, physiology and biotechnology of microorganisms of industrial producers;
  • microbial degradation and environmental biotechnology;
  • food biotechnology.


Egils Stalidzāns