Our research group has broad interests in microbial eukaryotes commonly called protists. They are mostly unicellular organisms with complex cells that are invisible to the naked eye but present in various ecosystems on this planet.
Our current research focuses are: 1. evolutionary history and morpho-physiological variation of microalgae (which account for half of CO2 fixation worldwide); 2. genome regulation and evolution of giant viruses infecting diverse microbial eukaryotes; and 3. dissecting interactions between microalgae and other microbes using single-cell omics approaches.
Our lab belongs to the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, which is part of Academia Sinica, the national academy and foremost research institution of Taiwan. The principal investigator Chuan Ku (顧銓) also holds an adjunct position at National Taiwan University (Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Genome and Systems Biology Degree Program) and is a Global Investigator of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). 歡迎來到中研院植微所的真核微生物演化生態研究室。
We now have open positions for postdocs, research associates and graduate researchers! Apply and Join us!5. June 2023
Congratulations to Chuan for promotion to Associate Research Fellow (Associate Professor) with tenure!2. June 2023
Congratulations to Maxime for receiving postdoctoral fellowship from Academia Sinica (AS-PD-11202-L01)!14. March 2023
New paper in Microbiology Spectrum: Widespread distribution and evolution of poxviral entry-fusion complex proteins in giant viruses20. February 2023
Congratulations to Tzu-Tong on receiving the Postdoc Research Award from National Science and Technology Council!13. January 2023
Congratulations to Hsin-Tung on winning second place in flash talk competition at Mitalk7 meeting!10. January 2023
New paper in Genome Biology: Single-cell transcriptomics unveils xylem cell development and evolution