Postdoctoral Scientist

Gulnara Tagirdzhanova

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I am a postdoctoral scientist at the group of Prof. Nick Talbot. I study the evolution of fungal-algal symbioses, known as lichens. Lichens, the archetypal symbiosis, present a major exception to our understanding of how multicellularity works. Lichens are made of multiple unrelated lineages of microbes: different fungi, unicellular algae, and bacteria. Together — and only together — they can form elaborate three-dimensional bodies, which look nothing like individual symbionts. In my project, I use meta-omics, microscopy, and cell biology tools, to study how lichen symbionts contribute to the morphogenesis of symbiotic architectures.

I completed my PhD at the University of Alberta (Canada) in 2022. In my PhD project, I focused on metagenomics applied to lichen symbiosis.

Job history

  • 2022 -

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2017 - 2022

    PhD (Biological Sciences)

    University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2015 - 2017

    MSc (Biology)

    St. Petersburg University, Russia
  • 2011 - 2015

    BSc (Biology)

    St. Petersburg University, Russia