Aquatic ecosystems host large microeukaryote diversity that remains metabolically and ecologically unresolved. Many lineages of unicellular eukaryotes are known only from their environmental rRNA sequences without any associated information about function or dependencies on other microorganisms. Recent development in single cell genomics and transcriptomics offers the tools to address this gap in knowledge and within this project we will adapt and develop methods and workflows for single cell genome and transcriptome analysis for uncultured freshwater and marine microeukaryotes and their associated bacteria. These tools will be applied to experimental incubations where assemblages of microeukaryotes from freshwater, brackish and marine waters are exposed to contrasting redox conditions, light stress and organic compounds. The cellular level transcriptome responses to such environmental driver variables will be used for niche-mapping of major uncultured lineages and analysis of metabolic interactions and dependencies among microeukaryotes and their associated microflora.
Four year fully funded graduate training leading to a PhD in Biology from Uppsala University
Technology & Innovation: A fully operational workflow for replicated microfluidic single cell genome and transcriptome analysis of aquatic microeukaryotes and associates bacteria. Tailored methods to efficiently lyse and extract DNA and mRNA from major microeukaryotic lineages.
Science: Differential expression profiles in uncultured aquatic microeukaryotic lineages in response to envirionmental drivers such as solar radiation, organic compounds and redox conditions. Niche mapping of uncultured aquatic microeukaryotic lineages and analysis of metabolic interactions and dependencies among microeukaryotes and their associated microflora..
This project has received funding from the European Union's horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 675752.