I received my bachelor degree in Genetics and Molecular biology from the Federal university of Rio de Janeiro. Focused in pursuing an academic career, I enrolled in the Master program and in a blink of an eye I was doing a PhD in environmental Microbiology. During my PhD, I was awarded with a government scholarship that allowed me to spend a year at University of Michigan in Dr. James Tiedje laboratory. There, I had the opportunity to discover the potential of high throughput sequencing technologies to investigate the microbial diversity in different environments. When I graduated, I was fascinated by the microbial world and had just heard about an immense diversity of organisms and viruses at the sea. It was the moment to shift my career towards to marine ecosystems. I first started as a junior postdoctoral research fellow at the Oceanographic Institute at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). During this time I participated in two international marine microbial ecology courses (ECODIM – Chile and CMORE – Hawaii). By 2012 I moved to France, where I worked for the 5 years at the Station Biologique in Roscoff, France, focusing on oceanic microalgae, connecting large scale molecular biology data sets from the marine environment with classical methods such as isolation and cultivation of marine phytoplankton. I left Roscoff in late 2017, to take my new position at the Nanyang Technological University where I am currently working and pursuing new wonders of the phytoplankton world.
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Asst Prof Adriana Lopes dos Santos
Assistant Professor, Asian School of the Environment

I am marine microbial ecologist interested in understanding the structure of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton communities and how environmental factors shape their diversity. They are the core of globally important cycles such as carbon and oxygen and understand the factors that control and maintain their diversity and the structure of their communities, is fundamental to understand our planet. My work combined traditional culture isolation and laboratory studies along with cutting-edge DNA sequencing approaches to elucidate the patterns of marine eukaryotic phytoplankton communities across a wide range of marine environments.

* Marine microbial ecology
* Molecular diversity and taxonomy
* Biogeography of eukaryotic marine phytoplankton
* Dynamics and interactions eukaryotic
  • Picophytoplankton productivity rates in the South Pacific Ocean

  • SIMPLE: Singapore Marine Planktonic Eukaryotes
  • Gérikas Ribeiro, C., Lopes dos Santos, A., Marie, D., Pereira Brandini, F. and Vaulot, D. (2018). Small eukaryotic phytoplankton communities in tropical waters off Brazil are dominated by symbioses between Haptophyta and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria. The ISME Journal, 12(5).

  • Lopes dos Santos, A., Pollina, T., Gourvil, P., Corre, E., Marie, D., Garrido, J., Luis Rodríguez, F., Noël, M-H., Vaulot, D. and Eikrem, W. (2018). Chloropicophyceae, a new class of picophytoplanktonic prasinophytes. Scientific Reports, 7(1).

  • Lopes dos Santos, A., Gourvil, P., Tragin, M., Noël, M-H., Decelle, J., Romac, S. and Vaulot, D. (2017). Diversity and oceanic distribution of prasinophytes clade VII, the dominant group of green algae in oceanic waters. The ISME Journal, 11(2).