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Promoting SINgle cell GEnomics to explore the ecology and evolution of hidden microeuKaryotes

Objective

Environmental microbial surveys have revealed a remarkable diversity of microeukaryotic life in most ecosystems, the majority of which had previously escaped detection. From an ecological point of view this work highlighted our ignorance of critical microbial players in natural environmental processes, including primary production, biogeochemical cycling and trophic interactions such as parasitism and grazing. Consequently, our understanding of community function is partial, limiting our ability to study environmental change. While, from an evolutionary perspective, we are missing major components of the Tree of Life giving rise to a fragmented understanding of how major cellular functions have evolved. Single cell genomics (SCG), including single cell transcriptomics, is an emerging technology that has the potential to retrieve genomic information from individual uncultured microbes recovered directly from natural environments and promises to provide new tools to investigate microeukaryotes in unparalleled detail. The aim of this ITN is therefore to train a new generation of scientists with the highest expertise, in SCG, from the initial stages of cell sorting to genome sequencing and gene annotation, to the full exploitation of the data obtained. Such progress will allow the European research community for the first time to address critical ecological and evolutionary questions. SINGEK will drive training through research by both local and network-wide activities, secondments, and workshops, and by establishing an environment that extends far beyond each partner team. This training environment will also provide the transferable skills essential for successful career development. This network of well connected and highly qualified scientists with expertise in eukaryotic SCG will be ready to implement this technology beyond ecology and evolution to other fields such as biomedicine or biotechnology driving innovation across the EU.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 881 326,08

Participants (8)

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO CENTRE DE REGULACIO GENOMICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Carrer Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 788 626,80
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASCIDEA COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY SOLUTIONS SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 110 165,76
Address
Cl Almogavers Num 165
08018 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (7)

GREENSEA SAS
France
Address
Biopole Clermont Limagne
63360 Saint Beauzire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FLUIGENT SA
France
Address
57-77 Avenue De Fontainebleau
94270 Le Kremlin-bicetre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
United Kingdom
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
WriteScience
Germany
Address
Kirchberg 17
04668 Grimma Ot Döben
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Plàncton, Divulgació i Serveis Marins S.C.P. (Societat Civil Privada)
Spain
Address
Cambrils, 2
43860 L'ametlla De Mar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)