Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology of Aquatic Organisms

Research Group of Algal Genomics




PI: Prof. LI Tao, PhD

Members: Dr. Tao Li

Contact Us:

Tel: 86-27-68780072


General Introduction:

The Research Group of Algal Genomics collects the environmental microbial samples and generates metagenomics data. It studies the composition and physiology of microbial communities in the environment. Based on all sequences libraries, assembled genome sequences, gene prediction, function annotation, genomic comparison result and phylogenetic analysis, researchers from this group construct biological database and perform the data mining analysis to reveal important genes, pathways and key organisms in the environment.

This group has versatile platforms, serving in algae isolation and culturation, algae physiology, algae biochemistry and molecular biology, bio-informatics and so on. There are two professors (including CAS member), one associate professor, two assistant professors and one technician in this group. Since it was found in 2008, over 10 doctoral and master students have been trained in this group.

The group has made a lot of important progress on the research of algae metagenomics, comparative genomics of algae under extreme environment, algae symbiosis, and the structure and function of phycobilisomes in photosynthesis, etc. Over 20 papers have been published on many authoritative academic journals, such as Nature, Nature Plants, PNAS, Genome Research, and Cell discovery.

Recent Publications:

Xinwei Han, Xia Wu, Wen-Yu Chung, Tao Li, Anton Nekrutenko, Naomi S. Altman, Gong Chena and Hong Ma (2009) Transcriptome of embryonic and neonatal mouse cortex by high-throughput RNA sequencing. PNAS vol. 106 no. 31, 12741-12746