MOCK RESEARCH LAB
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK
Available now: "The Molecular Life of Diatoms"
A warm welcome for Johanna Winder and Will Boulton who have recently joined the lab as PhD students.
Outstanding Poster Award for Dr. Amanda Hopes (MLD6 - 2021- virtual)
The overarching aim of our research is to identify fundamental biological processes that govern the adaptation and evolution of marine microalgae (Phytoplankton) and their microbiomes (e.g. bacteria) in the oceans. Marine phytoplankton contribute ca. 50% of annual global carbon fixation. Thus, their adaptation and (co)evolution with associated microbes (e.g. bacteria and viruses) in the context of biotic and abiotic (e.g. temperature, nutrients) interactions in different marine systems (from tropics to the poles) and under conditions of climate change does not only shape the nature of marine food webs but also biogeochemical cycles they drive.
Our group uses genomics (e.g. PACBIO and Oxford Nanopore sequencing) and reverse genetics tools (e.g. CRISPR/Cas) for selected algal species (e.g. Thalassiosira pseudonana, Fragilariopsis cylindrus - diatoms) and their microbiomes (e.g. metatranscriptomics and metagenomics) from the global upper ocean 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 including climate change.