Unraveling the signaling mechanisms of light-dependent cell cycle progression in diatoms.

01 January 2013 → 31 December 2018
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology
    • Industrial biotechnology
    • Other biotechnology, bio-engineering and biosystem engineering
cell division diatom light
Project description

Diatom cell proliferation is light dependent. Recently, we identified for the diatom P. tricornutum a specific cyclin coordinating cell division with light. Through a combination of physiological and molecular techniques we aim to reveal the signaling cascades controlling expression this cyclin in response to a change in the light spectrum, and to understand how this information is used to activate cell division.