Working Group: Imaging Flow Cytometry
Good water and air quality as well as pollination are of high relevance to our daily life and are linked to microscopic small organisms or particles (phytoplankton organisms and pollen). For high throughput air and water quality, as well as pollination assessment, a worldwide unique cytometer configuration allows to measure several thousands of microscopic images in short time of seconds to minutes. In combination with deep learning technologies we aim to develop a pioneering new technology of automated high throughput species recognition. The achievement of this ambitious vision is only possible with interdisciplinary work and the strong support by many cooperation partners.
Besides the establishment of automated species recognition, we already use imaging flow cytometry in trait-based physiological experiments to investigate coexistence and resilience mechanisms of phytoplankton organisms.
(funded by iDiv Flexpool DFG grant) - Automated high throughput pollen diversity monitoring to study the ecosystem services air quality regulation and pollination (wind and insect pollination)
(funded by UFZ-IP, Helmholtz Association grant) - A mechanistic test of resilience provisioning of biodiversity across environmental gradients
M. Sc. Daniel Lahr
M. Sc. Peter Hofmann
Nele Schildt - Bachelor student (2020): Investigation of species interaction between Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Pseudomonas protegens with the help of imaging flow cytometry (Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Severin Sasso, University of Leipzig)
Former lab members:
Emily Scheil - Bachelor student (2020): Estimating the total pollen production in Carpinus betulus L. at the Leipziger Canopy Crane (Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth, University of Leipzig)
Ella Schadt - Bachelor student (2020): Investigation of species interaction between Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Pseudomonas protegens with the help of imaging flow cytometry (Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Severin Sasso, University of Leipzig)
Johanna Knechtel - Bachelor student (2017): Quantification of allelopathic growth effects in mono and mixed cultures of microalgae (Co-supervision with Prof. Dr. Christian Wilhelm, University of Leipzig)