Funding and Awards

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Thomas Mock et al.


  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Leggett RM, MoultonV) NERC: High-resolution genomics to reveal changes in microbial biodiversity across space and time in the warming Arctic Ocean (2022-2025)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-I: Hopes, A) UEA Innovation Development Fund: Customer-facing advancement of the UEA research service OmicronCR (2022) 
  • (PI: Junrong, L) (Co-Is: Mock, T, Jun, Z) National Science Foundation of China: Anti-stress characteristics and regulation mechanisms during the formation and long-term survival of diatom dormant cells (2021-2024)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Alverson, A, Ashworth, M, Bhattacharya, D, Clark, MD, Conley, D, Cox, C, Falciatore, A, Ferrante, MI, Glöckner, G, Hall, N, Helliwell, K, Jungblut, AD, Kooistra, W, Kroth, P, Medlin, L, Montresor, M, Moulton, V, Poulsen, N, Roberts, W, Rynearson, T, Tirichine, L, Töpel, M, Valentin, K, Vandepoele, K, van Oosterhout, C, Verret, F, Vyverman, W, Waller, R, Wheeler, G, Williams, DM, Worden AZ, Ye, N) Joint Genome Institute (DOE, USA): 100 Diatom Genomes Project (2020-2023)
  • (PI: Tagliabue, A) (Co-Is: Mock, T, Robidart, J, Sanchez-Baracaldo, P) Royal Society Hooke Theo Murphy Workshop: Marine Microbes in a Changing Climate (2022)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Bertilsson, S, Bowman, J, Bratbak, G, Fong, A, Gradinger, R, Havermans, C, Hoppe, C, Larsen, A, Leggett, R, Snoeijs Leijonmalm, P, Metfies, K, Moulton, V, Schaefer, H, Vader, A, Valentin, K) Joint Genome Institute (DOE, USA): The International Arctic Ice Drift Experiment MOSAiC: Seasonal changes of microbial communities across the Arctic Ocean (2019-2022)
  • (PI: Wheeler, G) (Co-I: Brownlee, C, Mock, T) NERC: Assessing how cell size constrains carbon uptake in diatoms using direct measurements of cell surface carbonate chemistry (2019-2022)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-I: Hopes, A) UEA Research and Innovation Services: OmicronCR - gRNA synthesis and in vitro testing for successful CRISPR-based genome editing (2019-2020)
  • (PI: Pedentchouk, N) (Co-Is: Belt, S, Mock, T) The Leverhulme Trust: Deciphering past sea-ice dynamics using novel stable isotope proxies (2019-2022)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Falciatore, A, Bowler, C) EMBO Workshop: 5th Molecular Life of Diatoms (July 2019)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-I: van Oosterhout, C) The Leverhulme Trust: Molecular underpinnings of adaptive evolution in diatoms of polar oceans (2018-2021)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: van Oosterhout, C, Moulton V, Clark M) NERC: LEAP-A: Limits to evolutionary adaptation of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean (2017-2020)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Patron N, Jurkowski, W) NRP Seed Fund: Lost in translation? Modification of codons as a SynBio tool for diatoms (2017)
  • (Sole PI: Mock, T) The Royal Society - Theo Murphy Blue Skies Award: Mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in marine microalgae under global change (2017-2019)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Kamoun, S, Nekrasov, V) Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF, US): Genetic tools for diatoms: the CRISPR/Cas technology for genome editing in the polar diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus (2015-2017).
  • (Sole PI: Mock, T) NERC: Rapid Growth Algae: An enabling technology to enhance algal growth and reduce algal production costs. (2014)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-Is: Moulton V, Caccamo M.) Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA): The Nannochloropsis oceanica (Yellow Sea, Qingdao) genome: gene mining by comparative genomics and RNA sequencing. (2013-2014)
  • (PI: Mock, T.) (Co-I: Strauss, J.) NERC: Global significance of light-driven proton pumps in eukaryotic marine phytoplankton. (2013-2016)
  • (PI: Mock, T) (Co-I: Moulton, V) NERC (UK): From the North Sea to the Arctic Ocean: The impact of temperature on eukaryotic phytoplankton. (2013-2016)
  • (PI: Todd J) (CO-Is: Lyon B, Mock T) NERC (UK): How do eukaryotic phytoplankton produce the most abundant organo-sulphur compound in the world's oceans? (2012-2015)
    (Sole PI) NERC (UK): How diatom blooms are being formed: Identifying the genetic underpinnings of fast growth. (2012-2014)
  • (PI) (Co-Is: Moulton V, Moustafa A, Pearson G, Valentin K) Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute (US): 'Sea of change: Eukaryotic phytoplankton communities in the Arctic Ocean'. (2012-2014)
  • (Sole PI) UEA Proof of Concept Fund: Assessing the biotechnological potential of a novel transgenic algal strain for third generation biofuels and high-value end products. (2011)
  • (Sole PI) Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (US): Transcriptome sequencing of several different marine microalgae. (2011-2012)
  • (Sole PI), Leverhulme Trust (UK): 'From Genes to Structures: How Diatoms form their Nano-Structured Silica Shells' (2011-2014)
  • (Sole PI), NERC (UK), New Investigator Award: ' Functional adaptation of diatoms to environmental conditions in sea ice of the Southern Ocean' (2010-2013)
  • (Sole PI), Royal Society, (UK): 'Whole-genome expression profiling of the polar marine diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus to identify genes involved in adaptation to life at the freezing point of sea water' (2010-2011)
  • (PI) (Co-Is: Moulton, V; Underwood, G; Napier, J), BBSRC Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) Capacity and Capability Challenge Programme (UK): 'Functional Genomic insights into the heterotrophic diatom Nitzschia alba' (2010-2012)
  • (PI) (Co-Is: Caccamo, M; Rogers, J; Shabhonam, C; Moulton V), BBSRC Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC): 'Sequencing the Genome of Emiliania huxleyi RCC1217' (2009-2011)
  • (PI: Oldroyd, G) (Co-Is: Bevan M; Brown J; Dalmay T; Dean C; Dicks J; Domoney C; Doonana J; Dorling S; Emerson B; Gage M; Grant A; Irwin J; Johnston A; Lauri D; Lenton T; Mock T; Mouton V; Ostergaard L; Poole P; Richardson D; Sturges W; Watmough NJ), BBSRC (Training Grant): 'Earth and Life Systems Alliance – A multi-disciplinary alliance to tackle the challenges posed by a changing environment' (2009-2013)
  • (PI, Joint-PI: Valentin, K) (Co-Is: Gloeckner, FO; Murry, A; Gloeckner, G; Beszteri, B; Parker, M; Armbrust EV) 454 Roche 10Gb call (International): 'Sequencing a Threatened Ecosystem of Global Significance: Polar Sea ice' (2009-2011).
  • (Sole PI) Royal Society, (UK): From Genes to Structures: 'How Diatoms form their Nano-Structured Silica Shells' (2009-2010)
  • (PI: Napier, J) (Co-I: Mock, T) BBSRC IBTI Club PhD Studentship (UK): 'Enhancing the production of omega-3 polyunsaturates in marine microbes' (2011-2015)
  • (PI) (Co-Is: Valentin, K; Parker, M; Marchetti A; Armbrust EV, Toseland, A; Moulton V) NERC, NBAF (UK): ' Upper Ocean Metatranscriptomics of Eukaryotic Phytoplankton Communities' (2008-2009)
  • (PI) (Co-Is: Valentin, K; Parker, M; Bowler, C; Armbrust EV) Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute (US): 'Whole Genome Sequencing of the Polar Diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus' (2006-2009)

Academic Fellowships

  • CAS President’s International Fellowship (PIFI) at the Institute of Oceanology (Qingdao) (2024-2025)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellowship: 'Near Surface Marine Microbiology' (2007-2012) at University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences, UK.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Postdoctoral Fellowship: 'Whole-Genome Expression Analysis of the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana' (2005-2007) at University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Group of Prof. E.V. Armbrust, US.

Prizes and Recognition

  • Overseas Mentor of Chongben Honors College (2024-2027)
  • Honorary Citizen of Shandong Province, China (2023-present)
  • Qilu Friendship Award 2022 (Shandong Province, China)
  • Finalist for UEA Innovation and Impact Awards 2021 in the category Outstanding Commercialisation of Research: OmicronCr
  • Appointed Guest Professor (Honorary Chair) of the Ocean University of China, Qingdao (2019-present)
  • Foreign Experts Reception - 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, Great Hall of the People, Beijing (2019)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2018-present)
  • Distinguished Lecturer at Miami University, Ohio, US (2013)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (2012-present)
  • Fragilariopsis cylindrus voted 'Alga of the Year 2011' by Phycological Section of the German Botanical Society.
  • Recipient of E.G. Pringsheim Award from Phycological Section of the German Botanical Society (For Ph.D. Thesis)
  • Invited participant of DIALOG V Symposium by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), October 19th-25th at Bermuda Biological Station for Research, 2003
  • Award for the Best Poster at the International Meeting of the German Botanical Society in Freiburg, September 22nd-27th, 2002
  • Recipient of Annette-Barthelt Award from the Annette-Barthelt Foundation, Germany (For MSc Dissertation)

Antonia Otte

  • 3rd place at SCAR EG-ABI data visualisation competition in 2023.
  • Student Travel Award (British Phycological Society) for a talk at MLD7 in San Diego (USA) in 2023. 

Longji Deng

  • Category A Excellence Award of CSC National Scholarship (2024).
  • Student Travel Award (British Phycological Society) for a talk at MLD7 in San Diego (USA) in 2023. 

Will Boulton

  • 3rd place at SCAR EG-ABI data visualisation competition in 2023.
  • Student Travel Award for a talk at the 2nd MOSAiC Conference / University of Colorado Boulder (USA) in 2023. 

Johanna Winder

  • 3rd place at SCAR EG-ABI data visualisation competition in 2023.
  • Prize for the best poster at the Annual Meeting of the British Phycological Society in 2023 (Newcastle).
  • Biointerphases Presentation Award at the IBP Conference in 2022.

Amanda Hopes

  • Outstanding Poster Award at the 'Molecular Life of Diatoms' Conference in 2021.

Reuben Gilbertson et al. 

  • 2nd best Poster Award at the 7th European Phycological Congress in Zagreb 2019. 

Amy Kirkham et al.

  • EMBO Short-Term Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Angela Falciatore: 'RNA interference in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana' (2011)

Rachel Hipkin et al.

  • Society for General Microbiology (SGM) Conference Grant: (Invited Talk) 'A conserved nuclear protein regulates bloom formation in marine centric diatoms. ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting 2011, 13-18 February, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 'NERC 2011 Environment Young Entrepreneurs Scheme winning team'

Jan Strauss et al.

  • ASLO Student Travel Award (Poster) "Toward a genetic transformation system for the marine microalga Emiliania huxleyi", ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting 2009, 25-30 January, Center de Congres Acropolis, Nice, France
  • Challenger Society Travel Award "Bioinformatic applications to analyse and visualize genome data", 2009 GMOD Summer School Europe, Oxford, UK
  • Society for General Microbiology (SGM) Conference Grant (Talk): "The role of bacteria-like rhodopsins in marine eukaryotic phytoplankton", Society for General Microbiology Autumn Meeting, 6-9 September 2010, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • British Phycological Society Student Bursary (Talk) "The role of bacteria-like rhodopsins in marine eukaryotic phytoplankton", ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting 2011, 25-30 January, San Juan, Puerto RicoAlastair GrantPI(P