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Prof. David Scanlan

Job Title
Life Sciences
Research Interests

The head of the group is Prof Dave Scanlan, Professor in Marine Microbiology in the Department.

Prof. Scanlan has over 25 years research experience and has worked at the University of Warwick since 1990 and has more than 135 refereed research publications.

The lab maintains well-established fruitful collaborations with research groups within and outside the University of Warwick, bringing research to a new level of interdisciplinary effort.

The group has several main areas of research:

  • Community structure and niche adaptation mechanisms in marine cyanobacteria
  • Biotic causes of cyanobacterial cell mortality focusing on viral infection and protistan grazing
  • Molecular genetics of nutrient assimilation and regulation in cyanobacteria
  • Elucidating the consequences of lipid remodelling in marine bacteria
  • Sensing environmental stimuli in cyanobacteria
  • Light regulation of gene expression in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae
  • Microbiology and molecular ecology of eukaryotic picophytoplankton

His ongoing work with the genera Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus is leading to a much more detailed understanding of why these organisms dominate the world's oceans. This has included, and in collaboration with other European research laboratories, the formal description and complete genome sequence of a Prochlorococcus isolate, an organism with the smallest known genome for a free-living photoautotroph, as well as the comparative genomic analysis of several marine Synechococcus isolates. The latter is revealing considerable differences in gene complement between closely related genotypes, a feature likely underpinning differences in the spatial partitioning of individual genetic lineages in situ.

  • Scanlan, David J., Ostrowski, Martin, Mazard, Sophie, Dufresne, Alexis, Partensky, Frédéric, 2005. Genomics of marine synechococus. PHYCOLOGIA, pp. 91-92
Title Funder Award start Award end
VirFix : Cyanophage inhibition of oceanic CO2 fixation. ERC- AdG European Research Council 01 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2025
Elucidating the consequences of picocyanobacterial lipid remodelling for global marine primary production estimates. NERC 01 Apr 2021 31 Mar 2024
CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership (led by Birmingham) NERC 01 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2023
JTS-100: A step change in accurately measuring photosynthesis NERC 01 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2020
Phosphorus cycling in the soil-microbe-plant continuum of agri-ecosystems BBSRC 31 Dec 2014 31 Jul 2019
Biogeochemical cycling of N-osmolytes in the surface ocean NERC 01 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2017
Protistan grazing and viral infection of marine picoplankton: a role for the host cell surface? NERC 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2016
MaCuMBA: Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications European Commission 01 Aug 2012 31 Jul 2016
Elucidating niche adaptation mechanisms in a ubiquitous marine phototroph: a targeted omics approach NERC 01 Apr 2011 31 Dec 2015
Strategic Environmental Science Capital Call NERC 01 Jan 2014 30 Jun 2014
SYNERGY - Marie Curie IEF - Joseph Christie de Oleza European Commission 03 Oct 2011 02 Oct 2013
How important is prokaryotic photoheterotrophy in ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean? NERC 01 Feb 2010 31 Jan 2013
Additional funds for Dissecting, and revealing the controls on, the group-specific CO2 fixation budget of the Atlantic Ocean NERC 01 Oct 2012 31 Oct 2012
SFAM Students into Work Grant for Daniel Yara Society for Applied Microbiology 01 Jun 2012 30 Sep 2012
Regulatory gene networks and ecological distinctness in marine synechoccus NERC 01 Sep 2009 31 Aug 2012
Dissecting, and revealing the controls on, the group-specific CO2 fixation, etc NERC 01 Jan 2009 31 Dec 2011
PICOPAR EU 01 Nov 2009 31 Oct 2011
Metal composition of marine cyanobacteria an indicator of niche adaptation and cell physiological state? NERC 01 Sep 2008 31 Aug 2011
Do mixotrophic protists make oligotrophic oceanic... (subcontract from National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) NERC 01 Dec 2007 30 Nov 2010
PICOFUNPAC: Functional Biodiversity of Photosynthetic Picoplankton. ANR - Agence Nationale de La Recherche 01 Jan 2007 31 Dec 2009
Ring-Fish in microbial ecology Leverhulme Trust 01 Jun 2007 03 May 2009
Defining the Molecular Bais of Phylogenetic Diversity in Marine Synechoccus/A Genomic Approach NERC 01 Jan 2006 31 Dec 2008
The Myxococcus xanthus Pho regulon: functional characterisation of a complex system with multiple regulatory components. BBSRC 01 Oct 2005 30 Sep 2008
Molecular diversity of marine photosynthetic picoeukaryotes and their contribution to C cycling NERC 01 Sep 2005 31 Aug 2008
Marine Genomics Network of Excellence - Supplement 3 EU 01 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2007
Photosynthetic physiology and niche adaption in marine cyanobaceria NERC 01 Oct 2004 01 Oct 2007
SFAM Student into work for Mike Nicoll Society for Applied Microbiology 25 Jun 2007 31 Aug 2007
Advantage West Midlands - Small Travel Grant Advantage West Midlands 21 Mar 2007 23 Mar 2007
Charaterisation of giant proteins in marine cyanobacteria. Society for Applied Microbiology 17 Jul 2006 30 Sep 2006
Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary Nuffield Foundation 17 Jul 2006 08 Sep 2006
Molecular ecology and physiological diversity of marine synechococcus NERC 01 Jun 2003 31 May 2006
In situ community structure of marine photosynthetic picoeukaryotes. NERC 02 Jan 2006 24 Feb 2006
Marine Genomics Network of Excellence EU 01 Mar 2004 28 Feb 2005
Marine Genomics Network of Excellence - supplement 1 EU 01 Mar 2004 28 Feb 2005
Marine Geneomics Network of Excellence- supplement 2 EU 01 Mar 2004 28 Feb 2005
Molecular Characterisation of photosynthetic picoeukaryotes Society for General Microbiology 12 Jul 2004 31 Aug 2004
The molecular structure of photosynthesis in the oceans - Research Fship - Supplement Royal Society 01 Oct 1995 30 Sep 2003
The molecular structure of photosynthesis in the oceans - Research Fship - Supplement Royal Society 01 Oct 1995 30 Sep 2003
The molecular ecology of photosynthesis in the oceans Royal Society 01 Oct 1995 30 Sep 2000