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EMBO Young Investigator

Annika Guse

Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg | Germany

YIP 2017

Cell biology of coral-algal endosymbiosis

My lab is interested in resolving the molecular mechanisms underlying the intracellular coral-algal symbiosis. We are using the emerging model system Aiptasia, a marine sea anemone, as a proxy for corals and combine organismal biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genomics and lipidomics with comparative field work. Specifically, we are interested in the mechanisms of symbiont acquisition/integration and the metabolic dependence of the host.

Keywords: Cell biology / symbiosis / emerging models / phagocytosis / coordination of cell function / nutrient exchange

Subject area(s): Cellular Metabolism | Cell & Tissue Architecture | Evolution & Ecology