M.Sc. Schmittmann, Lara

Research Division 3: Marine Ecology
Marine Symbioses

Office:
Room: DW-311
Telephone: +49 431 600-4488
E-Mail: lschmittmann(at)geomar.de

Address: Düsternbrooker Weg 20 D-24105 Kiel

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I’m interested in sponge-microbe interactions and how we can study them in vivo. My aim is to develop experimental approaches to manipulate the sponge microbiome and understand its dynamics, establishment and functions.

Keywords

sponge-bacteria interaction; aquarium experiments; non-model system; immune receptors; transcriptomics; gnotobiotic sponges; physiology

EDUCATION

2017-present    

PhD candidate at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, within the International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology

2014-2017         

M.Sc. Biological Oceanography, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

2011-2014         

B.Sc. Biology, Westfählische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

PUBLICATIONS

Schmittmann L., Jahn M. T., Pita L., Hentschel U. “Decoding cellular dialogues between sponges, bacteria and phages” in “Cellular dialogues in the holobiont (Bosch & Hadfield eds.)” CRC Press. In press

Sanders, T., Schmittmann, L., Nascimento-Schulze, J. C., Melzner, F. 2018. “High calcification costs limit mussel growth at low salinity”. Frontiers in Marine Sciences. 5:352, 1-9.

CONFERENCES

2019

  • Gordon Research Seminar for animal-microbe symbioses and Gordon Research Conference for animal-microbe symbioses, Vermont, USA: The sponge model on the runway of symbiosis: aposymbiotic sponges offer great potential for in vivo experimentation (poster)
  • Young investigator day 2019, Kiel, Germany: Aposymbiotic sponges offer great potential for understanding host-bacteria interactions (poster)
  • Organizer and presenter at the annual retreat of the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, Oeversee, Germany: Aposymbiotic sponges offer great potential for understanding host-bacteria interactions (poster)

2018

  • Marine Evolution, Strömstad, Sweden: Understanding evolutionarily ancient mechanisms of sponge-microbe interactions (poster)
  • Annual retreat of the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, Breklum, Germany: Establishing a gnotobiotic sponge culture (poster)

2017

  • Annual Conference of the Society for Experimental Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden: Adaptation of the common sea star Asterias rubens to different salinities (poster)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019

  • Course “Animal-Microbe Symbioses” within the Master Program Biological Oceanography, GEOMAR (3 weeks)
  • Erasmus internship Violeta Albacete, UCM Madrid (3 months, with Lucía Pita)
  • Internship Ashley Coons, CAU Kiel (4 weeks)

2018/2019          

  • Bachelor Thesis Julius Krebs, JMU Würzburg

2018                      

  • Course “Animal Physiology” within the Master Program Biological Oceanography, GEOMAR (3 weeks)

2017                      

  • Course “Molecular Ecology” within the Master Program Biological Oceanography, GEOMAR (3 weeks)

AWARDS

2020      

  • ESEB Outreach Fund: Not without my symbionts! Joint evolution of animal hosts with microorganisms

2019     

  • Travel Grant from the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology

2018     

  • 3rd Poster prize at Marine Evolution conference