South Wales, (Ogof Valley, South Wales, UK)


The Meta-OMICS group is part of the Terrestrial Zoology Department at Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, and the LOEWE Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG).

In the Meta-OMICS group, we use high-throughput sequencing approaches to study the diversity and evolution of a variety of animal taxa, with a particular interest in aquatic and semi-aquatic groups. Extreme environments such as the polar regions, and deep sea/subterranean habitats present excellent grounds for the study of eco-evolutionary interactions and mechanisms of environmental adaptation. Our work includes development of methodologies for environmental monitoring and genomic biomonitoring, such as protocol development and novel applications of eDNA metabarcoding, metagenomics, all the way to reference genome sequencing and comparative analysis. We use bioinformatics for analysis of large datasets and establishment of pipelines for HTS data processing.

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Deep sea sampling on board the James Clark Ross research vessel.