Main Research interests
The analysis of collectively sampled and sequenced microbial genomes has emerged as one of the key technologies in the field of microbial ecology. In particular the field of marine microbial metagenomics has in recent years become a major contributor to the growth of the INSDC public sequence databases. While earlier studies were restricted to merely analyzing a part of a habitat’s microbial gene inventory, recent studies have become much more sophisticated, and combine metagenomic data with expression data, environmental data, single cell sequencing approaches and knowledge from isolates (pure culture studies, whole genome sequencing). In order to transform this wealth of data into meaningful biological knowledge, techniques are required that cluster metagenomes in taxonomic coherent bins, as well as dedicated pipelines for data analysis and data integration. Current research interests are bioinformatic methods for integrative metagenome data analysis, phytoplankton – bacteria interrelations with a focus on carbon turnover, as well as microbial communities in extreme habitats.
- cell biology and ecophysiological roles of marine Planctomycetes
- organic matter degradation by marine Flavobacteria
- halophilc Bacteria and Archaea
- next-generation sequencing methods and subsequent data analysis