Research Projects

Pan-European Lake Sampling – Microbial Eco-genomics. Czech Academy of Sciences, Biology Centre CAS, Budweis, Czech Republic, PI Rohit Ghai, Michaela Salcher (January 2020-December 2024)

Next Generation Taxonomy: Ciliophora and their bacterial symbionts as a proof of concept. EU – Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) University of Pisa, Italy, PI Giulio Petroni (July 2021-June 2025)

Aquatic Symbiosis Genome Project. Subhub PI Patrick Keeling (University of British Columbia) ‘Ciliates as models for symbiosis: using genomic analyses of functionally diverse symbiotic associations with parallel origins to gain insights into basic evolutionary principles of symbiosis’ – Wellcome Sanger Institute and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (since October 2020)

Freshwater endosymbiotic algae and their ciliate hosts: morphology, phylogeny, ecology.
FWF Austrian Science Fund (P28333-B25), April 2016 – March 2021, PI B. Sonntag & T. Pröschold

Co-occurrence networks in aquatic food webs: ciliates as models.
International trilateral project funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund (lead agency; I 2238-B25), SNF and DFG. PIs B. Sonntag (FWF), T. Posch (SNF, University of Zürich), T. Stoeck (DFG, University of Kaiserslautern); September 2015 – August 2020

Ultraviolet radiation effects on planktonic freshwater ciliates:
an assessment of photoprotection and repair strategies.

FWF Austrian Science Fund (P21013-B03), February 2009 – November 2013, PI B. Sonntag

Taxonomy, ecology and ultraviolet radiation protection strategies in ciliates from alpine lakes.
Ph.D. – fellowship of the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck (2012/3/BIO9), February 2013 – October 2014, PI B. Kammerlander

Ciliate assemblages in six remote alpine lakes (Faselfadseen, Austria):
Taxonomy, ecology and ultraviolet radiation protection strategies.

DOC-fForte – fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW: 22883), April 2010 – March 2012, PI B. Kammerlander

The ecology of ciliated protists and intra-specific variation of Frontonia sp. in two saline-alkaline Rift Valley lakes in Kenya.
APPEAR – fellowship of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OEAD: ICM-2010-01186), March 2011 – February 2012, PI G.O. Ong’ondo


Cooperation projects

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Wasserleben. More than 400 children and teenagers from nine educational institutions participate in this project. Funded by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), program ‘Talents’, July 2015 – December  2016, PI S. Wanzenböck, M. Ellmauer


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