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EMBO Young Investigator

Thijs Ettema

University, Wageningen | Netherlands

YIP 2016

Resolving the elusive origin of eukaryotes

My group uses cultivation-independent approaches such as single cell genomics and metagenomics to genomically explore the microbial world in order to obtain a better resolution in the Tree of Life. By exploring so-called 'Microbial Dark Matter', we aim to obtain a better understanding about the origin and early evolution of eukaryotes, and of mitochondria, and by doing so, we hope to better understand how complex life on Earth emerged.

Keywords: Microbial evolution & diversity / metagenomics / phylogenomics / tree of life / archaea / origin of eukaryotes / endosymbiosis / eukaryogenesis

Subject area(s): Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens | Evolution & Ecology