Founded 1654, University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the largest public university in Germany with more than 42,000 students in 244 different study courses. The UDE currently employs 5,706 people, of which 499 are appointed as professors and the academic staff is currently 3,647 employees, distributed over 12 departments. The total revenue of the university is 471 M€, whereas 117.7 M€ are expenditures of third-part funds.
UDE, represented by Dr. Alexander Probst and Dr. André R. Soares will drive the completion of WP4, which aims at processing raw environmental sequencing data (metagenomes) generated from sediment samples collected in WP1. Upon the completion of WP2, Dr. André R. Soares will make use of high-end bioinformatics software and code developed by the GAME to recover bacterial, archaeal and viral metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs). This will not only contribute greatly to the current understanding of the structure, composition and function of the hydrocarbon seep microbiome, but also provide insights into which of these MAGs are specific to hydrocarbon seeps. With this, it will be possible to infer the roles and effects indigenous microbes have in hydrocarbon biogeochemistry that will also be relevant for other similar environments across the globe.
Postdoctoral Researcher and UDE Project Manager