Since 2022, I am leading a research group studying the major pathogens that control the algal biomass in aquatic ecosystems. We aim to reveal their resilience to global changes and how the ocean food web will be affected. Our group is further supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation SFB 1127 ChemBioSys, Project number 239748522). Our group is hosted by the Max Planck Fellow group Phytoplankton Community Interactions as well as the Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences at Friedrich Schiller University Jena).
I am open for collaborations to provide my expertise in metabolomics and the plant holobiont.
As a researcher in marine chemical ecology, I study the diverse symbiotic interactions in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. My general research interest focuses on understanding how algae, plants and their cohort of microbes are communicating to coexist in diverse ecosystems. I am using the omics as a tool to identify the chemical cues exchanged by hosts and its symbionts in oceans.
- Acquisition of third-party funding:
1.Chemical Signaling in Algae-Parasites Communities 241 200EUR (4 years), https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/500472228
2. Single-cell metabolomic profiling of microalgae with LDI-MS, Horizon 2020 UE ASSEMBLE Plus 2018, 5 000EUR
3. Chemical defense of algal biofilms, Horizon 2020 UE ASSEMBLE Plus, 2020, 5 000EUR
- Mentoring activity: 4 graduates co-supervised, 11 undergraduates under direct supervision. Lectures given at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (37h).
- Peer-reviewing activity in the journals Fungal Biology, Botanica Marina, Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Fungi, the ISME Journal, ISME Communications.
- Invited lecturer at scientific conferences organized by the International Society of Chemical Ecology (2018), Zhejiang China University (2019), Memorial University Ocean Sciences seminar series (2020), National Congress of the Chilean Phycological Society (2021), French Phycological Society (2021), Gordon Research Seminar Marine Natural Products (2022).
- Lectures provided for the Master's programs at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (37h). Topics covered principles in chemical ecology, pheromones chemistry, and plant-microbes symbiosis.
2015: FEMS Prize: Biodiversity, secondary metabolome and ecological role of fungal endophytes associated with the brown algae Laminaria digitata, Ascophyllum nodosum, Saccharina latissima and Pelvetia caniculata
2013: Award and prize: Biodiversity of fungal endophytes associated with brown algae Laminaria digitata and Ascophyllum nodosum