Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Professor of Organic Geochemistry at Utrecht University, receives the grant for his research at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. Sinninghe Damsté plans to use this money to examine the evolutionary lines of eukaryotic organisms, which is important to both microbiological ecology and geochemistry. In the past ten years, significant progress has been made in the characterization of micro organisms' genetic material. This was based on pure cultures and complex DNA mixtures in the environment (ocean, bottom, lake, etc.). Compared to this, knowledge of the composition of fat compounds in the cell membranes of micro organisms has fallen far behind. However, these are the essential building blocks for the cell membranes of these single-celled organisms.
Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, ERC Advanced Grant