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Jörg Christian Frommlet

Jörg Christian Frommlet

Assistant Researcher


  • Researcher ID:
  • ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-3021
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine & Estuarine Ecology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Frommlet J)


Research interests

Marine microbial ecology
Phycology
Dinoflagellate biology
Symbiosis
Microbial mineralization

Academic degrees

2009 - PhD in Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
2002 - MSc in Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

Scientific activities

January 2019 - Present: Assistant Researcher, CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

January 2016 - January 2019: Postdoctoral researcher; CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal; Grant: BPD/111685/2015; Project: SymbioSphere - Developing a mechanistic and functional understanding of the Symbiodinium-driven formation of carbonate spherulites.

May 2011 - October 2014: Postdoctoral researcher; CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal; Grant: BPD/CESAM/PTDC/MAR/ 113962/2009; Project: SeReZoox - Sexual reproduction of zooxanthellae: an overlooked aspect of coral bleaching?

March 2009 - April 2011: Postdoctoral researcher; CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal; Grant: BPD/UI88/4441/2009; Project: Mephitis - targeting protein synthesis in the apicoplast and cytoplasm of Plasmodium.

Publications

Projects

EvoSym - Sea slug genome evolution and adaptation to establish photosynthetic symbiosis See more

Symbiolite – A novel microbial-algal calcification process driven by coral symbiotic algae: Structure, function, ecological role and evolutionary significance See more

SymbioCoRe - SYnergies through Merging BIOlogical and biogeochemical expertise in COral REsearch See more

SeReZoox - Sexual reproduction of zooxanthellae: an overlooked aspect of coral bleaching? See more

DECODING: large scale approaches to unravel genome decoding rules See more

MEPHITIS - targetting protein synthesis in the apicoplast and cytoplasm of Plasmodium See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Cláudio Alexandre Tabaio Brandão (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Cláudio Alexandre Tabaio Brandão (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Pinto Fernandes (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Maria Salta (not a CESAM member)

B.Sc. project (Main Supervisor): Sara Alexandra Teixeira Rodrigues (not a CESAM member)

BSc (Co-supervisor): Bárbara Guimarães (not a CESAM member)

Bolsa de Investigação Científica (Co-supervisor): Maria Lígia da Silva Sousa (not a CESAM member)

BSc (Co-supervisor): Ana Patrícia Freitas Rei (ex-CESAM member)

BSc (Co-supervisor): Miguel Rito (not a CESAM member)

BSc (Co-supervisor): Luísa Santos (not a CESAM member)

B.Sc. project (Co-supervisor): Gemma Saunders (not a CESAM member)

B.Sc. (Co-supervisor): Alexander Hutter (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Lisa Fujise (not a CESAM member)

Poster presentations


  • Ferreira V., Pavlaki M., Frankenbach S., Frommlet J., Saes R., Martins R., Maia F., Tedim J., Oliveira H., Soares A., Serodio J., Loureiro S. Does encapsulation of the biocide DCOIT in silica nanocontainers reduces its toxicity? Effects on the photophysiology and cell cycle of the endosymbiotic algae Symbiodinium sp. SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, 8th - 11th May 2017, Brussels, Belgium.

  • Ezequiel J., Laviale M., Frommlet J. & Serôdio J. Concurrent bioimaging of reactive oxygen species and oxidative effects on microalgae photophysiology. University of Aveiro - Research Day 2013. 19 June 2013, Aveiro, Portugal.

  • Serôdio J., Frommlet J., Kikuchi R.K.P., Leal M.C., Leggat W., Sugget D., Warner M.E., Wild C. SymbioCoRe: An initiative to promote collaborative coral research. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, 9 - 13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia.

  • Fernandes J., Frommlet J., Moura G. & Santos M.A.S. Testing of a β–galactosidase reporter system for the in vivo study of codon context effects on translation. XXXVI Jornadas Portuguesas de Genética,  30 May - 01 June 2011, Coimbra, Portugal.

  • Moura G.R., Pinheiro M., Freitas A., Oliveira J.L., Frommlet J.C., and Santos M.A.S. Codon-pair context biases are conserved in coding sequences of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. XVII Congresso Nacional de Bioquímica, 15 -17 December 2010, Porto, Portugal.

  • Gaspar P., Oliveira J.L., Frommlet J., Moura G. and Santos M.A.S. A gene multi-optimization tool as novel approach to hetelogeneous expression. 14th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2010), 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Frommlet, J.C., Gaspar, P., Pinheiro, M., Oliveira, J.L., Gomes, A.C., Moura, G.R. and Santos, M.A.S., Integrating tRNA abundance, codon-usage, codon-context and functional rare codon data in de novo synthesis of Plasmodium falciparum genes for optimal expression in Escherichia coli. 23rd tRNA Workshop, 28 January - 2 February 2010, Aveiro, Portugal

  • Frommlet, J.C., Hutter, A., Saunders, G. and Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Photophysiological strategies within the dinoflagellate species Lingulodinium polyedrum and the effects of light on the life cycle of this species. 4th European Phycological Congress, 23-27 July 2007, Oviedo, Spain

  • Frommlet, J.C., Treviño Santa Cruz, M.B., Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Intraspecific diversity in the marine bloom-forming dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum. International Symposium on the Genomics of Marine Phytoplankton, 8-11 July 2005, Roscoff, France

  • Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Frommlet, J.C. and Treviño-Santa Cruz, M.B., Intraspecific genetic and physiological variability in natural populations of bioluminescent dinoflagellates. ASLO 2005 Summer Meeting, 19-24 June 2005, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

  • Frommlet, J.C. and Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Analysis of intraspecific genetic diversity in dinoflagellates using microsatellites: microsatellite quantification, primer development and first data from Lingulodinium polyedrum. ASLO 2004 Summer Meeting, 13-18 June 2004, Savannah, Georgia, USA

  • Frommlet, J.C., Jungblut, A.-D., Dietrich, D.R. and Hitzfeld, B.C., Microbial diversity in cyanobacterial mats from melt-water ponds in the McMurdo iceshelf, Antarctica. 10th International Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB 2002), 21-25 October 2002, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

  • Jungblut, A.-D., Frommlet, J.C., Dietrich, D.R. and Hitzfeld, B.C., Toxins and toxin genes in cyanobacterial mats from melt-water ponds in the McMurdo iceshelf, Antarctica.10th International Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB 2002), 21-25 October 2002, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

  • Heussner, A.H., Day, B.W., Frommlet, J.C., Stack, M.E. and Dietrich, D.R., Differential protein expression in porcine and human kidney cells after acute exposure to ochratoxin A and B: Preliminary proteomics. SOT 40th Annual Meeting, 25-29 March 2001, San Francisco, California, USA

Patents

Serôdio J., J. Frommlet, M. Laviale, J. Ezequiel, inventors. July 9 2013, Sistema e método de medição da resposta da fluorescência da clorofilaa variações da intensidade ou qualidade da luz (System and method for measuring the response of chlorophyll a fluorescence to variations in light intensity or quality) Portuguese Patent Application No. PT107.052

Invited oral communications at scientific meetings


  • Frommlet, J.C., Sousa M.L., Alves A., Vieira S.I., Suggett D.J., Serôdio J. Symbiodinium - The first dinoflagellate known to drive microbial-algal calcification. 6th European Phycological Congress, 23-28 August 2015, London, UK. (International Conference) Invited keynote speaker

  • Frommlet, J.C., Sousa, M.L., Vieira, S., Alves, A., Serôdio, J. Symbiolites: Aragonitic spherulites formed by Symbiodinium spp. and associated bacteria in culture. 1st International Mid-Atlantic Symbiofest, 3–5 December 2013, Lewes, Delaware, USA. (International Conference) Invited speaker

Reports


  • Bacon, S. et al. (2010) RSS Discovery Cruise 332, 21 Aug – 25 Sep 2008. Arctic Gateway (WOCE AR7). Southampton, UK: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, 129pp. (National Oceanography Centre Southampton Cruise Report, No. 53)

  • Sherwin, T., Baker, A., Brand, T., Frommlet, J., Gibson, R., Gieschen, L., Harden-Davies, H., Holland, R., Hinz, D., Inall, M., Kirkham, A., McKendrick, K., Nielsdottir, M., Painter, S., Porter, M., Reynolds, A., Sauer, S., Thomalla, S., Venables, E., Veszelovski, A. (2008) Cruise D321b: Reykjavik to Clyde, August and September 2007, SAMS Internal Report 255, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, pp 160.

Oral communications


  • Frommlet, J.C., Nitschke, M., Fujise, L., Wangpraseurt, D., Kühl, M., Suggett, D.J., Alves, A., Serôdio, J. Evidence for an autoendolithic phase in the life history of coral symbiotic algae. CIIMAR Ocean Seminar Series, 9 March 2018, Porto, Portugal. (Seminar) Invited Speaker

  • Frommlet, J.C., Nitschke, M., Fujise, L., Wangpraseurt, D., Kühl, M., Suggett, D.J., Alves, A., Serôdio, J. Support for an autoendolithic phase in the life-history of Symbiodinium from field-based and laboratory studies. European Coral Reef Symposium, 13-15 December 2017, Oxford, U.K. (International Conference)

  • Nitschke, M., Frommlet, J.C., Simões, J., Brandão, C., Fidalgo, C., Fujise, L., Kühl, M., Suggett, D.J., Alves, A., Serôdio, J. Symbiodinium-bacteria interactions support microbial calcification and symbiolite formation. European Coral Reef Symposium, 13-15 December 2017, Oxford, U.K. (International Conference)

  • Serôdio J., Schmidt W., Frankenbach S. and Frommlet J.C. Multi-Actinic Imaging of chlorophyll fluorescence: a tool for the integrated characterization of photosynthetic traits and light stress responses. AquaFluo II 04-08 December 2017, Sydney, Australia.

  • Fujise, L., Stat, M., Bunce, M., Frommlet, J.C., Gardner, S., Goyen, S., Kalhke, T., Nitschke, M., Ralph, P.J., Serôdio, J., Woodcock, S., Suggett, D.J. Unlocking the genetic diversity of free-living Symbiodinium by DNA metabarcoding. 7th International Barcode of Life Conference. 20-24 November 2017, Kruger National Park, South Africa (International Conference)

  • Fujise, L., Nitschke, M., Goyen, S., Frommlet, J.C., Serôdio, J., Ralph, P.J. & Suggett, D.J. Symbiodinium cell cycle control by coral hosts. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19–24 June 2016, Honolulu, USA. (International Conference)

  • Frommlet, J.C., Brandão, C., Suggett, D.J., Serôdio, J. Cell-cell interactions between different Symbiodinium clades and types. 25. Feb 2013, University of Essex, Colchester, UK. (Seminar) Invited speaker

  • Frommlet, J.C., Brandão C., Suggett, D.J., Serôdio, J. Revisiting the nature of sexual reproduction in Symbiodinium. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia (International Conference)

  • Frommlet, J.C. Intraspecific genetic and photophysiological diversity in the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum and the effect of light on the life cycle of this bloom-forming species. Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo,18. June 2007, Vigo, Spain. (Seminar) Invited speaker

  • Frommlet, J.C. and Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Population genetics of the bloom-forming dinoflagellate species Lingulodinium polyedrum: an approach employing multi-locus microsatellite genotyping of single cells. 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 20-24 February 2006, Honolulu, USA (International Conference)

  • Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Frommlet, J.C. and Treviño-Santa Cruz, M.B., Genetic variability in natural populations of the bioluminescent dinoflagellate species Lingulodinium polyedrum. 2005 International Ocean Research Conference, 6-10 June 2005, Paris, France (International Conference)

  • Frommlet, J.C. and Iglesias-Rodríguez, M.D., Microsatellite based analysis of intraspecific genetic diversity in the bloom-forming dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum. Postgraduate Research in Marine Earth Sciences, 21-22 March 2005, Southampton, UK (National Conference)

Other activities

Organisation of international meetings:



  • 1st Mid-Atlantic Symbiofest. Dec 2013, Lewes, USA. Member of organising team

  • 1st SymbioCoRe Workshop on ‘omics’ approaches in coral research. Jul 2012. JCU, Townsville, Australia. Member of organising team

  • 23rd tRNA Workshop, Jan/Feb 2010, Aveiro, Portugal. Member of organising committee. http://bioinformatics.ua.pt/tr.....lt;/li>

Peer review for international journals: (JEMBE, Applied Microbiology)


Peer review of project proposals: Agence Nationale de la Recherché (ANR, France) and National Science Foundation (NSF, USA)


Scientific Exchanges and Cruise Experience:



  • 2012-2015: Organisation of international exchanges with partners in Australia, Brazil, USA, Germany and UK as part of the EU-funded project SymbioCoRe

  • 2008: Scientific Cruise D332 - Newfoundland-Greenland-Scotland

  • 2007: Ellett Line Cruise D321b from Iceland to UK

  • 2004: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA (fieldwork towards PhD; funded by World Universities Network)

Publications


  • Serdio J., Schmidt W., Frommlet J.C., Christa G. and Nitschke M. R. (2018) An LED-based multi- actinic illumination system for the high throughput study of photosynthetic light responses.PeerJ. 6.e5589 doi:10.7717/peerj.5589

  • Frankenbach, S., Schmidt, W., Frommlet, J.C., and Serôdio J. (2018) Photoinactivation, repair and the motility-physiology trade-off in microphytobenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 601:41-57 doi: 10.3354/meps12670

  • Frommlet, J. C., Wangpraseurt, D., Sousa, M. L., Guimaraes, B., Medeiros da Silva, M., Kühl, M., and Serôdio, J. (2018). Symbiodinium-induced formation of microbialites: Mechanistic insights from in vitro experiments and the prospect of its occurrence in nature. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:998. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00998

  • Fujise L., Nitschke M.R., Frommlet J.C., Serôdio J., Woodcock S., Ralph P.J., Suggett D.J. (2018) Cell cycle dynamics of cultured coral endosymbiotic microalgae (Symbiodinium) across different types (species) under alternate light and temperature conditions. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology (Epub ahead of print). doi:10.1111/jeu.12497

  • Frommlet J.C., Sousa L., Alves A., Vieira S.I., Suggett D.J., Serodio J. (2015) Symbiodinium – the first dinoflagellate known to drive microbial-algal calcification. European Journal of Phycology. 50, 56-57.

  • Fujise L., Suggett D.J., Frommlet J.C., Serodio J., Ralph P.J. (2015) Turning up the heat on Symbiodinium cell cycle analysis. European Journal of Phycology. 50, 58-59.

  • Frommlet J.C., Sousa M.L., Alves A., Vieira S.I., Suggett D.J., Serôdio J. (2015) Coral symbiotic algae calcify ex hospite in partnership with bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112, 19, 6158–6163. doi:10.1073/pnas.1420991112.

  • Ragionieri L., Vitorino R., Frommlet J., Oliveira J.L., Gaspar P., Ribas de Pouplana L., Santos M.A.S., Moura G.R. (2015). Improving the accuracy of recombinant protein production through integration of bioinformatics, statistical and mass spectrometry methodologies. FEBS Journal. 282, 4, 769-787.

  • Frommlet J., Guimarães B., Sousa L., Serôdio J., Alves A. (2015) Neptunomonas phycophila sp. nov. isolated from a culture of Symbiodinium sp., a dinoflagellate symbiont of the sea anemone Aiptasia tagetesInternational Journal Of Systematic And Evolutionary Microbiology. 65, 3, 915-919.

  • Serôdio J., Ezequiel J., Frommlet J.C., Laviale M., Lavaud J. (2013) A method for the rapid generation of non-sequential light-response curves of chlorophyll fluorescence. Plant Physiology. 163, 3, 1089-1102.

  • Gaspar P., Oliveira J.L., Frommlet J., Santos M.A.S., Moura G. (2012) EuGene: Maximizing synthetic gene design for heterologous expression. Bioinformatics. 28, 20, 2683-2684. 

  • Moura G.R., Pinheiro M., Freitas A., Oliveira J.L., Frommlet J.C., Carreto L., Soares A.R., Bezerra A.R., Santos M.A.S. (2011) Species-specific codon context rules unveil non-neutrality effects of synonymous mutations. PLoS One. 6, 10, e26817

  • Frommlet J.C., Iglesias-Rodríguez M.D. (2008) Microsatellite genotyping of single cells of the dinoflagellate species Lingulodinium polyedrum (Dinophyceae): a novel approach for marine microbial population genetic studies. Journal of Phycology. 44, 5, 1116-1125.

Theses


  • Frommlet, J.C. 2009. Population ecology of the dinoflagellate species Lingulodinium polyedrum in Southern California. Ph.D thesis, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton

  • Frommlet, J.C. 2002. Characterization of toxins and their ecological relevance in Antarctic cyanobacterial mat communities. M.Sc. thesis, University of Konstanz

Employment history

Postdoctoral grant; University of Aveiro; Funding body: FCT; Grant reference: BPD/111685/2015; Project: SymbioSphere - Developing a mechanistic and functional understanding of the Symbiodinium-driven formation of carbonate spherulites; Start date: 01. January 2016; Duration: 37 months


Postdoctoral grant; University of Aveiro; Funding body: FCT; Grant reference: BPD/CESAM/PTDC/MAR/ 113962/2009; Project: SeReZoox - Sexual reproduction of zooxanthellae: an overlooked aspect of coral bleaching?; Start date: 01. May 2011; Duration: 41 months


Postdoctoral grant; University of Aveiro; Funding body: EU-FP7; Grant reference: BPD/UI88/4441/2009; Project: Mephitis - targeting protein synthesis in the apicoplast and cytoplasm of Plasmodium; Start date: 01. March 2009; Duration: 26 months

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