The focus of my PhD graduate study is explore the structure and function of microbial communities in Antarctic perennially ice-covered freshwater lake ecosystems.

Hyunmin KooI am using NextGen sequencing technology along with bioinformatics tools to understand the evolutionary significance of microbial mats in these lakes. Additionally, I am conducting whole genome sequencing (WGS) of Antarctic bacteria (Hymenobacter, Duganella, Pseudomonas, and Janthinobacterium), using Illumina Miseq and bioinformatics tools to understand the genome organization of bacteria in extremely cold ecosystems.

I have extended my work to the study of the bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract (gut microbiome), specifically focusing on the impact that various diets and environmental contributions have in shaping the gut microbiomes of Sea Urchin and Zebrafish.

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Mentor: Asim Kumar Bej

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Hyunmin Koo, PhD Student
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1300 University Blvd.
Department of Biology, CH 262
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170

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