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。
We now have open positions for postdocs, research associates and graduate researchers! Apply and Join us!10. June 2022
New paper in New Phytologist: Rampant Nuclear-Mitochondrial-Plastid Phylogenomic Discordance in Globally Distributed Calcifying Microalgae20. October 2021
新聞報導：中研院團隊 揭巨病毒演化之謎 (Taiwanese newspaper coverage on our research)17. September 2021
New paper in Virus Evolution: Unraveling Gene Content Variation Across Eukaryotic Giant Viruses Based on Network Analyses and Host Associations31. August 2021
Chuan is honored to be a recipient of the 2021 FAOS Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship (FAOS), Taiwan24. August 2021
New paper in mSystems: Giant Virus-Eukaryote Interactions as Ecological and Evolutionary Driving Forces