German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Bioinformatics research

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?
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