There are various other research programs I have been involved with over the past several years which include.
a. Trying to probe Chlamydomonas with electrodes to extract electrical currents from the cells (Ryu et al. 2008; Ryu et al. 2010).
b. Dissecting fermentation pathways in Chlamydomonas (Grossman et al., 2007; Mus et al. 2007; Dubini et al., 2009 ; Grossman et al., 2010)
c. Illumina sequence analysis of the Chlamydomonas transcriptome (Gonzalez-Ballester et al., 2010).
d. Help in organizing and generating funds for the Porphyra and Phaeocystis genome projects (both have been selected by DOE for support; the genomes will be sequenced by the Joint Genome Institutes).
e. Demonstrating cross-talk between phosphorus and sulfur metabolism in Chlamydomonas (Moseley et al., 2009a, in Submission; Moseley et al 2009b).
f. Analysis of gene/protein variation at different temperatures (50-70°C) in the hot spring mats to try to understand changes in protein features at higher temperatures and the extent of variability in specific proteins (Michelle Davies, Devaki Bhaya, George Asimenos and Serafim Batzoglou and et al., unpublished).
g. Development of single-cell technology with Devaki Bhaya and Dick Zare (Huang et al., 2007) to examine the full gene complement in single cells from hot spring mats and how they vary among isolated cells.
h. Developing an understanding of factors that are causing degradation of the coral reefs and the interaction between the cnidarian (animal partner) and the alga (dinoflagellate called Symbiodinium; photosynthetic partner) in the formation of the endosymbiotic association required for coral survival. Elevated temperatures and changing pH of marine ecosystems are beginning to adversely affect the coral reefs. We are trying to establish, at the molecular level, how and why this is happening.