The AMRI Network


Lead PIs

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DR. STEFAN BERTILSSON, Department of Ecology and Genetics, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY

Stefan Bertilsson is a Professor of Biology at Uppsala University and the Director for the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem science (SITES) and the SciLifeLab Microbial Single Cell Genomics Platform. He is also the coordinator for the SciLifeLab RCP "Aquatic Microbiome Research Initiative". After an undergraduate in Biology at Linköping University, Uppsala University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), he completed his PhD in Water and Environmental Studies at Linköping University in 1999. After postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he moved to Uppsala University in 2002, first as a KAW researcher, then as a Rådsforskare (VR Researcher), Associate Professor and Professor (since 2011). 

From AMRI, Stefan will lead the “Microorganisms as Ecosystem Engineers” theme and will also be heavily engaged in the functional diversity and microbial interactions working group. 

At Uppsala, Stefan’s research group works on (1) Microbial carbon processing in lakes. (2) Mercury transformations, (3) Nitrogen cycling and (4) microbial interaction networks. Special projects on Polar Ocean microbiology. 

Keywords: Aquatic Microbial ecology, Biogeochemistry, Polar Microbiology, Single Cell Methods, Environmental Genomics

Theme leader for: Microorganisms as Ecosystem Engineers (also heavily engaged in the functional diversity and microbial interactions working group)

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Dr.Rachel Foster, Stockholm University

My research interests and foci are on the ecology and evolution of N2 fixing (diazotroph) cyanobacteria that live freely or in symbiosis with single celled eukaryotes. Using a suite of single celled molecular genetic, microscopy, and stable isotope probing approaches we try to understand better the activity, diversity and interactions of diazotrophs with each other (e.g. in symbioses) and their environment.

Key words: symbiosis, N2 fixer, nanoSIMS, evolution, microscopy

Themes: 1-3

Theme leader for: Microbial interactions and evolution

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Dr. Jarone PinhassI

Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems- EEMiS, Linnaeus University

I do research on bacterioplankton community structure and function in the marine environment. This includes spatiotemporal studies of bacterial diversity and gene expression (metatranscriptomics) in different seas, like the Baltic Sea, NW Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Investigating the ecology and physiology of rhodopsin photoheterotrophy represents an important line of research. Analyses of the biodiversity of marine planktonic bacteria and their metabolism are essential to quantitatively asses the critical role bacteria play in carbon and nutrient turnover and energy flow through the marine ecosystem.

Key words: Ocean microbiome, Marine bacteria, Population dynamics, Biogeography, Ecophysiology, Rhodopsin photoheterotrophy

Theme leader for: Microbial biogeography across and within aquatic biomes

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Dr. Anders Andersson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Anders received his PhD in 2005 at KTH after graduate studies on functional genomics. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute, UC Berkeley, and Uppsala University working on metagenomics approaches to study microbial communities of different environments. In 2010 he returned to KTH, starting his tenure track and building up a group at Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm. In 2014 he was promoted to Associate Professor. His group develops and employs meta-omics methods to explore patterns of microbial diversity and reconstruct genomes and metabolic pathways of microbes in environments ranging from the Baltic Sea to the human gut.

Keywords: metagenomics , bioinformatics , systems biology , ecology , microbiology

Themes: 1 – 3

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