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SBIK-F Arbeitsgruppe

Molekulare Evolutionsbiologie

Unser Forschungsschwerpunkt in der molekularen Evolution und Ökologie ist die Interaktion von Organismen mit der abiotischen Umwelt. Insbesondere gehen wir folgenden Fragestellungen nach: Wie passen sich Organismen an die Umwelt an? Welche Signaturen hinterlassen Umwelteinflüsse im Genom von Organismen? Wie wirken sich klimatische Faktoren auf die Interaktion von Organismen aus? Welche Rolle spielen dabei Symbiosepartner und Mikrobiome?
Zur Beantwortung dieser und ähnlicher Fragen verwenden wir Methoden der vergleichenden Genomik, Phylogenie, Populationsgenetik und Community Ecology. Unsere Untersuchungsobjekte sind Flechtensymbiosen, d.h. Gemeinschaften aus Pilzen, Algen und Bakterien, sowie pflanzen- und bodenassoziierte Pilzgemeinschaften.

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Prof. Dr. Imke Schmitt
Professor, Head of Research Group 'Molecular Evolutionary Biology'

Research interests

My primary research interest is the evolution of symbiotic organisms, in particular those that form partnerships with fungi. I have been using phylogenetics and comparative phylogenetics to analyze the evolutionary history of lichen-forming fungi and their characters. Since many fungal groups produce a wide variety of secondary metabolites, I am also interested in exploring the potential of phylogenetic methods in natural product chemistry to understand the evolution of chemical characters and biosynthetic genes. Currently my lab is studying the effects of climate change on the assembly of fungal communities associated with plant leaves and roots using next generation sequencing approaches. We want to find out, if the composition of symbiotic fungal communities affects local adaptation of the plants. My work integrates a variety of disciplines, such as molecular phylogenetics, systematics, natural product chemistry, and metagenomics.

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Dr. Miklós Bálint
Researcher, Member of Research Group 'Molecular Evolutionary Biology'

Research interests

Metabarcoding complex communities
Lake sediment-preserved DNA in paleoecology
Impact of climate change on biodiversity
Distribution and differentiation of organisms

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Dr. Francesco dal Grande
Postdoctoral, Researcher Member of Research Group 'Molecular Evolutionary Biology'

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Effects of climate change on lichen-forming fungi and their photobionts:reactions of species/communities, diversity and stress-protective role of secondary metabolites.

Co-Phylogeography of lichen symbionts: selectivity and specifity in lichen communities, vertical vs. horizontal photobiont transmission.

Molecular phylogenetics of green algal lichen symbionts.

Secondary metabolites of fungal and algal lichen symbionts: annotation and analysis of secondary metabolite biosynthesis gene clusters in lichen genomes.

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Winner of the „Mason Hale Award“; IAL (International Association for Lichenology): „The Mason Hale Award is granted to recognise excellence in research by young lichenologists for outstanding work resulting from doctoral dissertations or similar studies.“

Dr. Gregor Rolshausen
Postdoctoral Researcher, Member of Research Group 'Molecular Evolutionary Biology'

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http://grolshausen.weebly.com

Dr. Anjuli Calchera
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Anna Sadowska-Des
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