Felbeck Lab

Dr Horst Felbeck
Professor of Marine Biology
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0202 USA
Phone: 858 534 6647 Fax: 858 534 7313 Email: hfelbeck@ucsd.edu
Street Address: 8750 Biological Grade, 4125 Hubbs Hall, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

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We concentrate on the phenomenon of symbiosis. In particular, we study the intracellular symbiosis of chemoautotrophic bacteria with marine invertebrates. This symbiosis has originally been discovered at hydrothermal vents but also exists in other reducing environments. Within this research area, the work in the lab currently includes molecular evaluations of this symbiosis (genome sequencing, expressing of genes), metabolic adaptations (tolerance to anaerobiosis, metabolic interactions between the partners, role of D-amino acids), and evolutionary aspects (morphological changes in the host).

Research Areas

  • Physiology of hydrothermal vent community animals
  • Interactions between invertebrates and chemoautotrophic bacterial symbionts
  • Molecular approaches to study the metabolism of bacterial symbionts

Professor of Marine Biology

  • ex. Morphological and Molecular Phylogenetics of Fishes
  • ex. Marine Biogeography


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