Bellas Christopher Dr.


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University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Lake and Glacier Ecology

Technikerstraße 25     (Room 504)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51743
F +43 (0)512 507-51799
  Christopher.Bellas@uibk.ac.at



My research interests are in the role of viruses in aquatic ecosystems, specifically virus diversity in polar and alpine environments and the hosts they infect. I also use these isolated environments to understand virus-host evolution. My current project, VIRALP, aims to produce the first metagenomic assessment of virus diversity in an alpine lake across a whole year. I will link virus genomes to their hosts in-silico to determine which microbial groups may be targeted by viruses in a high altitude alpine lake, Gossenköllesee, in the Tyrolean Alps.

 

Short CV

2017 onwards    FWF Lise Meitner Fellow, VIRALP – Virus-host relationships in an alpine lake. University of Innsbruck, Austria

2016 – 2017         Postdoc, Brown algal population genetics / Metagenomic detection of Geosmin producers. University of Bristol, UK

2012 – 2016         Postdoc, Virus diversity and virus-host interactions in glacial ecosystems. University of Bristol, UK

2009 – 2012        PhD,  Virus dynamics in glacial ecosystems – University of Bristol, UK 

2005 – 2009        Marine Monitoring Officer, Environment agency, UK

2005                      Research assistant, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

2004                      MSc,  Applied Marine Science, University of Plymouth, UK

2001                      BSc, Biological Oceanography, University of Southampton, UK