Principle investigator

Courtney Stairs is an associate senior lecturer in the Biology Department at Lund University since October 2020. She completed her PhD at Dalhousie University (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Roger in 2015. She continued to as a EMBO long-term fellow, NSERC post-doctoral fellow and SciLife Pushing Frontiers fellow at Uppsala University (Sweden) in the laboratory of Prof. Thijs Ettema. See CV for more details.

Undergraduate researchers

Tuğba Nur Atalay is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

I received an Erasmus+ internship to join the Stairs lab for the summer of 2021. I’m interested in microorganisms, the molecular mechanism of evolution and astrobiology. I believe that microorganisms are highly important as a key element in the search for life. “

Master’s students

Phillip (Xuran) Zhao is a Master’s student in bioinformatics at Lund University. He is currently developing a phylogenetic tree annotation tool as part of his Master’s thesis.

“I am interested in organism evolution. It would be my pleasure that, one day, I can help to reveal the grand history of living creature evolution using bioinformatics.”

Mara Vizitiu, MSc student in Bioinformatics

Mara Vizitiu is a master’s student in bioinformatics at Lund University. She is currently developing bioinformatic tools to predict quinone biosynthesis strategies in anaerobic eukaryotes as part of her Master’s thesis.

Doctoral candidates

Karla Aguilera, PhD student in Microbial Evolution

Karla Aguilera is a doctoral candidate at Lund University aimed at studying protist:prokaryote interactions.