Dr Cecile Gubry-Rangin
2016 - 2021 : 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
- 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)
- Internal PhD examiner (2018-present)
- Annual review appraiser (2017-present)
- Mentor for PDRA applying for independent fellowships (2016-present)
- External Memberships
Editorial Board: Microbiome, Environmental microbiome, Frontiers in Microbiology
Commission of trust: Expert member of the French HCERES (High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) as co-president (2017) and president (2019) of the commission
Grant panel member: Royal Society Hooke Committee, NERC Advanced Training Short Course
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: NSF
External PhD examiner
Referee for several journals, including 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
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.
- Long-term evolution of Thaumarchaeota
- Ecology and physiology of archaeal nitrifiers
- Cultivation of Thaumarchaeota
- Metagenomics of uncultivated archaea
Research Group (picture 2018)
- Miss Heather RICHMOND (Lab manager / research technician)
- Dr Paul SHERIDAN (postdoctoral researcher): Ecology and evolution of non-ammonia oxidisers (NERC 2018-2021).
- Dr Yiyu (Angus) MENG (Research technician): Genomics of non-ammonia oxidising archaea (NERC 2018-2021).
- Mr William WILLIAMS (PhD student): Unravelling the metabolic versatility and diversity of abundant but unexplored terrestrial Thaumarchaeota (Royal Society 2017-2021).
- Miss Jasmeet BHAMBRA (PhD student): Ecology of acidophilic ammonia oxidisers (University of Aberdeen 2018-2021).
- Dr Biji Shibulal (MRes student): HGT in Thaumarchaeota (2010-2020).
- Dr Axel AIGLE (NERC postdoctoral researcher). 2016-2018. Functional redundancy in ammonia oxidiser communities.
- Dr Jun ZHAO (NERC postdoctoral researcher). 2017-2018. Ammonia oxidiers in tropical soils.
- Dr Cecile-Elodie THION (postdoctoral researcher). 2014-2015. Functional redundancy in ammonia oxidiser communities.
- Dr Emma Beaton (2019-2020)
- Dr Marcus BELLO (PhD student). 2015-2018. co-I. Ecological implications of ammonia affinity for archaeal and bacterial ammonia ecology in soil.
- Dr Lloyd POTTS (PhD student). 2016-2018. co-I. Site-specific DNA- and RNA- based biomarkers to monitor low-level oil pollution and test the effectiveness of bioremediation approaches.
- Dr Linda HINK (PhD student). co-I. 2013-2017. Influence of archaeal and bacterial ammonia oxidisers on nitrous oxide emissions in soils.
- Miss Maria SPULER (PhD student). 2016. Visiting student from Chile. Effect of pre and post-emergent herbicides on N mineralization process in urea fertilized volcanic soils to improve wheat production.
- Dr Eva WEBER (PhD student). 2013-2017. Unravelling the unknown function of an under-explored but abundant archaeal group using single-cell genomics.
- Mr Daniel WARDAK (MSc student). 2019. Soil compaction impact on nitrification.
- Mr Lewis Cowie (Undergraduate). 2017. Phylogenetic reconstruction of ancestral ammonia oxidation.
- Mr Keir HUGUES (Undergraduate). 2017. Acidophilic Thaumarchaeota in soils.
- Mr Emmanuel Langst (MSc ERASMUS-Germany). 2017. Physiological and genomic characterisation of acidophilic nitrite oxidizer.
- Mr Eduard VICO OTON (MSc student). 2015. Phylogenetic coherence and congruence in Thaumarchaeota.
- Miss Noemie HAUSS (Msc, ERASMUS-France). 2015. Influence of oxygen on ecology of Group 1.1c Thaumarchaeota.
- Mr Michael LUKUMBUZYA (Msc). 2015. Ecological importance of a novel acidophilic nitrite-oxidizing bacterium
- Miss Anja STANJKO (Msc, ERASMUS - Slovenia). 2014. Single-cell sorting of alkalinophilic Thaumarchaeota
- Miss Linda HINK (Msc, ERASMUS - Germany). 2013. Physiology of a novel acidophilic nitrite-oxidizing bacterium
- Miss Urse KRUGER (Msc, ERASMUS -Denmark). 2013. Effect of pH, temperature and organic substrates on Thaumarchaeota
- Miss Eva WEBER (Msc, ERASMUS -Slovenia). 2012. Ammonium sources for archaeal and bacterial ammonia-oxidisers
- Miss Laura SANGUINO (Msc). 2011. Effect of methane on terrestrial ammonia oxidizing Thaumarchaea
- Miss Breda NOVOTNIK (Msc, ERASMUS -Slovenia). 2010. Temperature affects thaumarchaeotal communities
Past research Group (2017)
Funding and Grants
Awarded as PI
- 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): "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
- Post-doctoral NERC standard grant (2014-2018): “Soil ammonia oxidisers: an embarrassment of richness?” with JI Prosser (PI) and GW Nicol (CoI).
NERC Directed international grant (2018-2021): "Forecasting biodiversity losses in Wallacea from ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes" with J Travis (PI), L Lancaster (CoI), G Bocedi (CoI), A Algar (CoI) and A Papadopoulos (CoI).
3 PhD students, 1 MSc student.
- Meet the scientists
Lectures at undergraduate level:
- Ocean Biology
- Diversity of life
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Preferential temperature and ammonia concentration for in-situ growth of Candidatus Nіtrоѕосоѕmісuѕ ammonia oxidising archaeaSoil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 162, 108405Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ancient geological dynamics impact neutral biodiversity accumulation and are detectable in phylogenetic reconstructionsGlobal Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1633–1642Contributions to Journals: Articles
Long-Term Adaptation of Acidophilic Archaeal Ammonia Oxidisers Following Different Soil Fertilisation HistoriesMicrobial EcologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Revisiting plant biological nitrification inhibition efficiency using multiple archaeal and bacterial ammonia-oxidising culturesBiology and Fertility of SoilsContributions to Journals: Articles
Gene duplication drives genome expansion in a major lineage of ThaumarchaeotaNature Communications, vol. 11, 5494Contributions to Journals: Articles
Experimental testing of hypotheses for temperature- and pH-based niche specialization of ammonia oxidizing archaea and bacteriaEnvironmental Microbiology, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 4032-4045Contributions to Journals: Articles
Oxygen preference of deeply-rooted mesophilic thaumarchaeota in forest soilSoil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 148, 107848Contributions to Journals: Articles
Differential Ecosystem Function Stability of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea and Bacteria following Short-Term Environmental PerturbationmSystems, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 1-14Contributions to Journals: Articles
Selective inhibition of ammonia oxidising archaea by simvastatin stimulates growth of ammonia oxidising bacteriaSoil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 141, 107673Contributions to Journals: Articles
Linking Nitrous Oxide and Nitric Oxide Fluxes to Microbial Communities in Tropical Forest Soils and Oil Palm Plantations in Malaysia in Laboratory IncubationsFrontiers in Forests and Global Change, vol. 3, 4Contributions to Journals: Articles