School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK

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5th Molecular Life of Diatoms

Clarivate Analytics listed our 2017 Nature paper as a fast-breaking paper for Biology & Biochemistry:

New 'Global Change Biology' paper on the accumulation of iodine in kelp-based coastal food webs 

Mission Statement

The aim of our research is to find key genes and their regulatory networks, which significantly shape the unique and diverse biology of marine microalgae (phytoplankton). These data will help to improve our understanding about how these globally important organisms have evolved and are adapted to specific marine habitats. This fundamental knowledge about microbes from the upper ocean will help to interpret future responses to global change.


Our group uses genomics (e.g. PACBIO and Oxford Nanopore sequencing) and reverse genetics tools (e.g. CRISPR/Cas) for selected phytoplankton groups (e.g. diatoms) and natural assemblages from the global upper ocean (e.g. metatranscriptomics and metagenomics) to understand their evolution, gene composition and expression. This work leads to the identification of genes that shape their phenotypes and are therefore responsible for their unique biology and adaptation to different environmental conditions.