Laura Rubinat

In 2009, I started a BSc in Biology at the University of Girona. During my bachelor, I completed an internship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany), where I studied the evolution of microbial cooperation interactions. Thereafter, I joined the Molecular Microbial Ecology group at the University of Girona to carry out my bachelor’s final project, which consisted on establishing synthetic biofilms to investigate the effects of spatial organization on bacteria denitrification capacity. I soon became interested in the infinite possibilities that bioinformatic tools offer us to answer biological questions, and after graduating I enrolled in the Master’s programme in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences, jointly organized by the Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Barcelona. I completed my master’s thesis at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC, Barcelona), focusing on a comparative study of picoeukaryotic and prokaryotic phytoplankton diversity in the global ocean.

From now on, I will be working on SINGEK ESR 8 project. One of our main goals will include the taxonomic annotation of eukaryotic plankton meta-omics data sequenced from samples collected during Tara-Oceans and Malaspina expeditions. Subsequently, we will work on characterizing the phylogenetic diversity and the global biogeographic distribution of the main taxa in these communities. Complementary transcriptomic analyses about how do ecological or environmental conditions affect the expression of certain genes, (e.g. mixotrophy related genes), will help to decipher further questions about the global picture of marine protists communities composition and functioning.