Welcome to the Merchant Lab

Led by Sabeeha Merchant, there are two themes of investigation. The group seeks to understand the dynamics of essential trace-metal - copper, zinc, iron, manganese - metabolism and homeostasis in the reference green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using state of the art methods including classical genetics, transcriptomics and proteomics, elemental analysis and high-resolution metal imaging. The group also uses comparative genomics to extend the discoveries throughout the green algal lineage. These projects involve genome sequencing and assembly, phylogenomics and bioinformatics. More >

We are part of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.

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