Dr Susanne Erdmann

Research Associate (Cavicchioli Lab)
Level 4 West, Bioscience South E26
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Professional Experience

  • EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of BABS
  • Postoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen
  • PhD, University of Copenhagen
  • Diploma, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg 

Research Contribution

My research interest relates to viruses that infect members of the 3rd domain of life, the Archaea. During my doctoral studies I investigated virus-host interactions of thermoacidophilic archaea, using viruses isolated from hot springs from all over the world, with a central focus on the host CRISPR immune system.

I was awarded a European Long-Term Fellowship from EMBO to continue my research career in Professor Rick Cavicchioli's group in BABS. My fellowship research is aimed at determining the influence of viruses on the community structure of a very cold (down to -20C), hypersaline Antarctic lake that is dominated by haloarchaea. My work involves the isolation of new viruses and host organisms from water samples, their characterisation using electron microscopy, virus life cycle studies, analyses of host responses (e.g. CRISPR and genomic changes) and integrating this laboratory-based research with analyses of large environmental datasets (e.g. metagenomics data).

The research is helping us to understand the ways in which virus-host interactions regulate community composition and ecosystem function in Antarctica aquatic environments.


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