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EMBO Global Investigator

Chuan Ku

Academia Sinica, Taipei | Taiwan

GIN 2023–2026

Evolution and regulation of eukaryotic microbes

We study eukaryotic microbes with critical roles in our environment on Earth and use genomics to elucidate how they originated, evolved, and are regulated during life cycles and interactions. In addition to general interests in eukaryotes, two groups we focus on are phytoplankton that accounts for nearly half of carbon dioxide fixation worldwide, and giant viruses with large genomes that infect various algae, amoebae, animals and other eukaryotes.

Keywords: Eukaryotes / algae / coccolithophores / giant viruses / microbial interactions & ecology / marine ecosystems / ancient evolution / genome regulation

Subject area(s): Genomic & Computational Biology | Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens | Plant Biology | Evolution & Ecology