Anna Kokla

Master Student

Background

After I finished my degree in Agricultural biotechnology at Agricultural University of Athens, I moved to Sweden to continue my studies with a Masters of Molecular and Genetic Plant Science. During a course in my first Masters year I realized that I want to learn more about sequencing technologies and bioinformatics. What place better than the Ettema-lab?

 

My project

Spironucleous salmonicida is an emerging fish pathogen that cause systemic infections in salmon. This unicellular parasite is a member of the Metamonada group within the larger eukaryotic supergroup Excavata. Spironucleus lacks canonical aerobic respiration pathways, and yet is still able to survive in environments of varying oxygen concentrations. During my thesis project I will perform differential expression analysis on Spironucleus salmonicida grown under different oxygen-tension states, in order to understand the genetic mechanisms behind this parasite’s oxygen tolerance.