Prof. Dr. Elliot Shubert
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD, U.K.
Tel 020 7942-5606
Fax 020 7942-5529
Professional Positions Held
2007-present Editor-in-Chief, Systematics and Biodiversity (part-time), and Associate Editor, European
Journal of Phycology, The Natural History Museum, London.
1994- present Scientific Associate, The Natural History Museum, London.
2001- 2008 Guest Lecturer, University of Reading, MSc in Plant Diversity.
1997- 2001 Part-time Lecturer, University of Westminster, School of Biosciences.
1973 -1994 Professor, Department of Biology, The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Responsibilities and Expertise
Produce four issues (600 printed pages) of Systematics and Biodiversity every year.
Process manuscripts on microalgal taxonomy for the European Journal of Phycology.
Current research focuses on gene regulation of unicellular-multicellular development and phenotypic plasticity
in Desmodesmus, a freshwater green alga (collaborate with colleagues; supervise PhD research projects;
sponsor student volunteers).
Skills: Culturing, LM, SEM, TEM, molecular techniques, statistical analyses.
Conduct workshops for Post-Grad and Post Docs: “How to write a successful research manuscript”, “How to
review a research manuscript”, and “Presentation Skills”.
Teach annual laboratory/field course in Scotland.
My recent research has focussed on gene regulation in Desmodesmus, as a model to understand the origin of
multicellularity, predator-prey relationships between Daphnia and Desmodesmus, and taxonomy of
Desmodesmus using a polyphasic approach (molecular, culturing and SEM).
The focus of my research earlier in my career was the ecology and physiology of aquatic algae, terrestrial algae
and the use of algae as indicators of environmental change. Research topics that I have investigated include:
ecological studies of phytoplankton and periphyton (Devils Lake, Fox Lake, Kellys Slough, USA; Welsh coast,
Pembroke, Wales and Kindrogan, Scotland); terrestrial studies: soil algae (prairie, desert and forest ecosystems,
open cast mining and metal contaminated soils); and laboratory studies (heavy metal uptake, stress proteins,
phenotypic plasticity, development)
Shubert, L. E. (Ed) 1984. Algae as Ecological Indicators, Academic Press, London, 434 p.
Peer-reviewed papers and book chapters
Prof. Dr. Armin Hallmann
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology of Plants
University of Bielefeld,
Phone: +49 (521) 106 5592
Fax: +49 (1805) 99 626 2031
A brief description of some of current research topics
The genome of Volvox, the “fierce roller”: Genomic analysis of organismal complexity in the multicellular green alga Volvox carteri
A gender-specific retinoblastoma-related protein implies a role for the retinoblastoma protein family in sexual development
How 5000 independent rowers coordinate their strokes in order to row into the sunlight: Phototaxis in the multicellular green alga Volvox
Light-gated ion channels that control photomovement responses: The Channelrhodopsins
VCRPs, small cysteine-rich proteins that might be involved in extracellular signaling
The Chlamydomonas genome reveals the evolution of key animal and plant functions
Stable nuclear transformation of volvocine algae
Algal transgenics and biotechnology
Quantitative analysis of cell-type specific gene expression
Translational control of a key gene, regA, controlling cell differentiation
Prof. Dr. Georg Kreimer
Lehrstuhl für Zellbiologie
Photoorientation of Flagellate Green Algae
Our research is focused on the analysis of the eyespot apparatus, the „eye“, of flagellate green algae. Using a combination of biochemical, cell and molecular biological techniques we try to functional characterize this primordial visual system. A detailed description of the structure and function of this algal “eye” can be found in the following review (Kreimer 2009, Curr. Genet. 55, 19-43). Due to their elaborate structures and the presence of retinal-based photoreceptors in some lineages, algal eyespots are thought to play an important role in the evolution of photoreception. The eyespot apparatus of green algae utilizes specialized microbial-type rhodopsins as photoreceptors, which act as directly light-gated ion channels. After establishment of an isolation method for the eyespot apparatus in its entire complexity and its core- and phospho-proteome (Schmidt et al. 2006, Plant Cell 18: 1908-1930; Wagner et al. 2008, Plant Physiol. 146: 772-788), we are now interested in the signal transduction cascades leading to the photoresponses of these algae and the mechanisms underlying the tight interaction of the different subcellular compartments in this region of the cell. Our current focus lies on the functional characterisation of novel Ca2+-binding proteins and the analyses of protein-protein interactions and protein complexes. Another topic is focused on
the functional analyses of the blue light photoreceptor phototropin. For this we are employing different experimental approaches like e.g. RNAi, immunoprecipitation and different 2D-electrophoretic approaches in combination with mass spectrometry. Our main model organism is the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.