Molecular and genetic drivers of biodiversity
Interspecies communication – What allows organisms to live together?
- Genomic background of community life (transcriptomes)
- Secondary metabolism
- Genetic background of chemical signaling
Adaptation to environment and evolution
- Evolution of regulatory systems (TFs, TFBSs, sign pathways) and its impact on adaptive processes
- Adaptation vs speciation
- Epigenetics in adaptation, its role in phenotypic plasticity
- Molecular evolution, transcriptomics, transcription factors, non-coding RNAs, regulatory networks, molecular differences between closely related species
- Development and application of methods for working with multiple non-model species
Functional omics in microbial ecology
- Which microorganisms are present in a community? how diverse is the community?
- Which genes are expressed, collectively by a microbial community, or by which members?
- How may the members of a community interact? who can feed on who’s products?
- How stable are populations within a community? how does the community react to perturbations?
- What’s the importance of microbial diversity? how is it impacted by a changing world?