Evolution and Ecology of Eukaryotic Microbes

Our research group has broad interests in microbial eukaryotes. Often called protists, they are unicellular organisms with complex cells that are invisible to the naked eye but present in various ecosystems on this planet.

We are currently focusing on three research areas: 1. evolutionary history and mechanisms of marine 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 microbial eukaryotes using single-cell omics approaches.

Our lab belongs to the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, which is part of Academia Sinica, both the national academy and foremost research institution of Taiwan. The principal investigator is Chuan Ku (顧銓). 歡迎來到中研院植微所的真核微生物演化生態研究室。


27. August 2020

Congratulations to Tsu-Wang on his admission to the Genome and Systems Biology Master's Program!

14. May 2020

We are hiring a lab manager! Apply and Join us!

11. February 2020

Our letter to PNAS on the ancient evolution of eukaryotes and their giant viruses is now published.

01. January 2020

Summer internship positions are available. Contact us and apply by February 29.

07. October 2019

Check out this paper by Chuan and Arnau Sebé-Pedrós on the potential of single-cell RNA-sequencing for microbial eukaryotes.

25. September 2019

Chuan presents his postdoc work at Fourth Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop.

01. July 2019

Congratualtions to Tsu-Wang for receiving Undergraduate Research Grant from Ministry of Science and Technology!

03. May 2019

Our lab remodeling is completed!

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