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New paper published about evolution of microbial communities in subseafloor sediment

How are microbial communities assembled in the >5,000-y-old subsurface of marine sediment, and do they undergo adaptive evolution or accumulate mutations due to impaired DNA repair under such energy-limited conditions? This can be found out in the recent PNAS paper published by the Ettema-lab  in collaboration with Aarhus University and  MIT. To read the paper

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Another new face in the Ettema-lab: Jonathan Lombard

Jonathan is joining the Ettema-lab as a postdoc to study the enigmatic evolution of cell membranes at the prokaryotic-to-eukaryotic transition. His work focuses on the evolution of metabolism in the three domains of life, with particular emphasis on lipid biosynthesis and membrane-related functions. Jonathan obtained his PhD from the University Paris-Sud (France) under the supervision

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Ilja van Hoek joined the Ettema-lab

Ilja started her 2-year master Molecular Life Sciences with a specialization in bioinformatics in 2015 at the Radboud University (The Netherlands). Her first research internship was at the Comparative Genomics group of the Radboud University where she, under supervision of Martijn Huynen, made a computational tool that prioritizes genes based on human phenotypes. Ilja will do

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New paper about the Asgard archaea and eukaryogenesis is out now!

In an international collaboration, the Ettema-lab has published a new paper in Nature about a group of archaea that gives unique insight into the evolution of cellular complexity, the Asgard archaea. Named after Nordic gods, several relatives of the previously discovered Lokiarchaeum are described in this week’s issue of Nature (paper can be found here)!  If

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A new face joins Ettema-lab – Laura Eme

With the start of the new year Ettema-lab welcomes a new member into their mids: Laura Eme joined us as postdoc. Laura did her PhD at Aix-Marseille University (France), under the supervision of Celine Brochier-Armanet, and a first post-doc with Andrew Roger at Dalhousie University (Canada). She will be working in Ettema-lab on the origin and early

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Anna Kokla joins the Ettema-lab

A new student joined our group: Anna Kokla, former student at the Agricultural University of Athens, started her MSc thesis in the Ettema-lab. Anna will work under the supervision of Courtney Stairs on differential expression analysis of the unicellular fish parasite Spironucleus salmonicida.  A warm welcome to you, Anna. You will have a great Swedish winter with us! /MS

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Start of SINGEK Opening Meeting

Yesterday started the SINGEK Opening Meeting in Barcelona, at the Institute of Marine Sciences ICM-CSIC with more than 40 people from 14 different countries participating, including people from Ettema-lab. This meeting will from from 7-9 November and aims to put the newly recruited ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) – who will present their future research projects – in touch with all

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New paper about droplet-MDA is out!

In collaboration with the droplet microfluidics group from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), SciLife lab Stockholm, the Ettema-lab has published a new paper about reducing bias in whole genome amplification reactions of low biomass samples for metagenomic analyses. This improved method for whole genome amplification will allow more accurate studies of what microbial species

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The SINGEK face at Ettema-lab: Max Emil Schön

As part of the newly started SINGEK project (see my last blog entry in case you missed it) we welcome Max Emil Schön as a new PhD student to the Ettema-lab. Max recently finished his double Master in bioinformatics and geo-ecology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and now joins us to investigate the origin

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SINGEK starts!

SINGEK is an EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network devised to provide a unique and structured PhD training programme to a new generation of scientists with the highest expertise in Single Cell Genomics, from the initial stages of cell sorting to genome sequencing and gene annotation, to the full exploitation of the data obtained. Ettema-lab

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