Shinichi Sunagawa

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Tara PACIFIC Coordinator (EMBL / Bioinformatics) – JPN

Shinichi Sunagawa’s research interests revolve around the human microbiome in health and disease, and the ocean microbiome in the context of environmental variability. He studied Biochemistry (Diploma) and Aquatic Ecology (MSc) in Frankfurt and Bremen, Germany, before he obtained his doctoral degree in Quantitative and Systems Biology (PhD) from the University of California, Merced, USA. From 2010 to 2016, he worked in the Computational Biology group of Dr. Peer Bork at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, before he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Microbiome Research at the ETH Zurich.

His MSc and PhD work addressed questions on how coral host-microbial symbioses respond to environmental stress. More recently, he has served as coordinator for bioinformatics for Tara Oceans and Tara Pacific. Using the massive amount of data that became available during the initial analysis of Tara Oceans samples, he led the work on describing the structure and function of the ocean microbiome at global scale (Science, 2015), which revealed temperature as the major factor driving surface microbial community compositions.

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