Marine Ecology

Diversity and function of sponge symbionts

The in depth analysis of symbiont function in the context of sponge symbioses is our core expertise and interest.  We employ the -omics platform, specifically metagenomics, single-cell genomics and metatranscriptomics to obtain insights into the functions and properties of sponge symbionts. Metagenomics allows us to establish the functional gene repertoire and single-cell genomics has been instrumental in linking phylogenetic identity with a putative function in a sought-after sponge symbiont. Metatranscriptomics is being employed to assess what functions are expressed at any given point in time or following experimental perturbation. The technique of single-cell genomics is highly valuable in that it allows us to link phylogeny with function.


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