Professor Cecile Gubry-Rangin

Professor Cecile Gubry-Rangin
Professor Cecile Gubry-Rangin
Professor Cecile Gubry-Rangin

Personal Chair

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273662
Office Address

School of Biological Sciences,
Cruickshank Building,
University of Aberdeen,
St Machar Drive,
Aberdeen AB24 3UU
Scotland, United Kingdom

School of Biological Sciences


2016 - 2025 : Royal Society University Research Fellowship in evolutionary microbial ecology, University of Aberdeen 

2012 - 2015 : Early-career NERC Fellowship in evolutionary microbial ecology, University of Aberdeen

2009 - 2012 : Post-doctoral researcher in microbial ecology, University of Aberdeen, JI Prosser and GW Nicol group

2005 - 2008 : PhD student in bacterial population genetics, University of Montpellier (France), under the supervision of G Béna and JC Cleyet-Marel

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Member of the School of Biological Sciences Executive Group (2020-present)
  • Organiser of the School of Biological Sciences weekly scientific seminar series (2017-present)
  • Member of the School of Biological Sciences Research committee (2017-present)
  • Member of the University of Aberdeen Strategic Plan meeting (2018)
External Memberships

Editorial Board: ISME J, Microbiome, Environmental microbiome

Commission of trust: Expert member of the French HCERES (High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) (2017-present)

Grant panel member: NERC core member, Royal Society Hooke Committee, NERC Pushing the Frontiers, German DFG Priority Program

Conference organisation: XVIth archaeal workshop (2019); Member of local organising committee for the 20th European Nitrogen Cycle Conference (2016) and 14th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology (2017)

Grant review: NERC, BBSRC, Royal Society, NSF (USA), DFG (Germany), GACR (Czech Republic)

External PhD examiner

Reviewers for several journals, including Nature Communication, Cell, ISME Journal, Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Evolution, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, PLOS One, Frontiers in Microbiology, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Microbial Ecology, Archaea

Membership of professional bodies: SGM (Society of General Microbiology), SMBE (Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution), ISME (International Society of Microbial Ecology), Nitrification network


Research Overview

My research is directed toward understanding ecological adaptation of microorganism populations.

My work interest is orientated on microbial diversity and ecological function for microbes playing fundamental processes in the global biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen. I am currently more focused on microorganisms (both archaea and bacteria) implicated in the ammonia oxidation process.

My fundamental aims are to determine the environmental factors controlling their community structure and diversity and to understand their physiological and evolutionary adaptation.

Current Research

More details about projects and people on my personal website: 

Funding and Grants

Awarded as PI

  • SUPER-DTP PhD studentship (2022-2026) with T Henry: "The impact of environmental change on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of symbiotic sponge communities"
  • BBSRC Mitigation grant (2022) with M Jaspars: " Improving sustainable agriculture through discovery of new biological nitrification inhibition molecules".
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship extension (2021-2025): "Evolutionary processes associated to archaeal environmental adaptation".
  • Royal Society Talent Grant (2020-2021): "Evolution of ammonia oxidation"
  • Royal Society Enhancement Grant (2018-2022): "Experimental evolution of Thaumarchaeota". 
  • NERC standard grant (2017- 2021) with T William: "Evolution of thaumarchaeotal metabolism under contrasting oxygen conditions". 
  • Royal Society starting grant (2017-2021): "Unravelling the metabolic versatility and diversity of abundant but unexplored terrestrial Thaumarchaeota". 
  • University of Aberdeen PhD studentship (2017-2021): "Adaptation of Thaumarchaeota in terrestrial environments". 
  • NERC Directed grant (2017-2018): "Greenhouse gas emissions by soil microbes in tropical forest". 
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2016-2021): "Adaptation in Thaumarchaeota: the interplay between ecology and evolution".
  • NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility Application (2015): "Single-cell comparative genomics of Thaumarchaeota". 
  • Early career NERC Independent Fellowship (2012-2016): “Evolutionary adaptation in archaea”.  
  • PhD studentship (2013-2016) funded by the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine: “Unravelling the unknown function of an under-explored but abundant archaeal group using single-cell genomics”. 
  • NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility Application (2013): “Phylogenetic resolution and coherence in thaumarchaea”.  
  • NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility Application (2013): “Evolutionary adaptation in archaea- community sequencing”.  
  • MRT (French Research Ministry) Postgraduate Scholarship (2005-2008)
  • European ERASMUS Traineeship Grant (2004)
  • ESA (European Space Agency) Traineeship Grant (2003)

Awarded as CoI

  • BBSRC Mitigation grant (2022) with S Sepehrnia, P Hallett, Y Tanino: "Complex DNA-based tracers to investigate the transport of microbes in soil"
  • Post-doctoral Daphne Jackson Fellowship (Dr Lisa Cole) (2021-2023) with A Malik, J Travis
  • Post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (Dr Nasrollah Sepehrnia) (2021-2023) with P Hallett, Y Tanino: "TRAMPAS"
  • Internal Interdisciplinary Research Grant (2021) with T Mathanlal, J Martin-Torres, MP Zorzano: "Autonomous Robotic Sampling of Bio-Aerosols for real-time DNA sequencing using MinION sequencer"
  • Internal Interdisciplinary Research Grant (2021) with M Nazarious, J Martin-Torres: "Sub-liquid and Atmospheric Measurement"
  • EastBio DTP PhD studentship (2020-2024) with M Wenzel: "Using functional genomics and epigenetics to understand the molecular underpinnings of complex behaviour in a non-neural organism"
  • Post-doctoral NERC standard grant (2014-2018) with JI Prosser, GW Nicol: “Soil ammonia oxidisers: an embarrassment of richness?” 
  • NERC Directed international grant (2018-2021) with J Travis, L Lancaster, G Bocedi, A Algar, A Papadopoulos: "Forecasting biodiversity losses in Wallacea from ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes" 

Teaching Responsibilities

Current Supervision

3 PhD students, 1 MSc student.


Course co-coordinator:

  • Meet the scientists

Lectures at undergraduate level:

  • Ocean Biology
  • Diversity of life 

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