Dr Rebecca Ansorge


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I am a bioinformatics researcher in the core bioinformatics facility of the Quadram Institute and a member of the “Gut Microbes and Health” Institute Strategic Programme (GMH). I have a strong interest in metagenomics and other cultivation-independent techniques to study the microbiome in order to extend and complement cultivation-based approaches. In the GMH I am supporting two large studies aimed at understanding the role of microbiomes in the aging gut as well as during pregnancy and early life in infants.

I did my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, focusing on microdiversity of microbial symbionts in animal-microbe symbioses by using metagnomics and bioinformatic approaches. I am fascinated my host-microbe interactions and how this links to strain-diversity – from highly specific one-to-one symbioses to complex microbiomes such as those in the human gut.

Key Publications

Ansorge R, Romano S, Sayavedra L, Gonzáles Porras MÁ, Kupczok A, Tegetmeyer HE, Dubilier N, Petersen J (2019) Functional diversity enables multiple symbiont strains to coexist in deep-sea mussels. Nature Microbiology 4(12):2487-2497 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0572-9

James S,Phillips S,Telatin A,Baker D,Ansorge R,Clarke P,Hall LJ,Carding S. (2020)

Preterm Infants Harbour a Rapidly Changing Mycobiota That Includes Candida Pathobionts

Journal of Fungi, 6, 273

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