Jan Finke

Ph.D. Student

Jan Finke

Expertise: Environmental microbiology and virology
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Certification/Education:
B.Sc. Biology, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
M.Sc. Limnology & Oceanography, University of Amsterdam
Ph.D. Student in the Suttle Lab, University of British Columbia

Biography

Jan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC. He is studying the temporal and spatial variations of cyanophage communities. This includes variations in the abundances of cyanophages and cyanobacteria as well as diversity studies. Furthermore, he is interested in the function and role of host derived metabolic genes in cyanophages. The goal is to understand the correlation of the genetic diversity of marine viruses and their success to infect host cells under varying environmental conditions. This will help to understand the response of marine ecosystems to environmental changes, improving the quality of models and predictions about ecological changes in the future.