Esther Anna Gies

The Hallam Lab

Investigating microbial communities…
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Esther Anna Gies

PhD Student
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research interests:
  • Biodiversity of meromictic lakes
  • Environmental genomics

In the Hallam lab, my project will be focused on stratified (meromictic) lakes. Those lakes have characteristic vertical gradients of physical parameters such as temperature, pH and density, and chemical parameters such as salinity, oxygen and methane concentration. Because of the lack of a seasonal mixing of the water column, stable layers of water with different densities form. This creates a complex and heterogenous ecosystem. In our project we want use lake Sakinaw, located on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, as a model system to describe, characterize and understand the biodiversity found in stratified lakes. Sequence data of several environmental samples are already available for phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis of the lake microbial communities. Screening of the data derived from the genomic analysis can give further insight in particular metabolic pathways, for example the Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane (AOM). This initial work will provide us background information to design more functional approaches.

2007-2009 - M.Sc. Molecular Lifesciences, Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands
2004-2007 - B.Sc. Molecular Lifesciences, Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands

Work Experience:
2010-present - Hallam laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia
2009-2010 - Mayor laboratory, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia
2008-2009 - Department of Nuclear Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands