MOCK RESEARCH LAB
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK
The overarching aim of our research is to identify fundamental biological processes that govern the adaptation and evolution of marine microalgae (Phytoplankton) in the oceans. Marine phytoplankton contribute ca. 50% of annual global carbon fixation. Thus, their adaptation and evolution in the context of biotic and abiotic interactions in different marine systems (from tropics to the poles) does not only shape 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 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.