Dr. Eva Nowack

Emmy Noether Research Group
Microbial Symbiosis and Organelle Evolution

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Phone: 0211 81-13582
Email: undefinedE.Nowack@hhu.de

Academic Career and Research Areas

The aim of her research is to gain insight into the molecular mechanisms that underlie the evolution of a eukaryotic organelle from an endosymbiotic bacterium. For this purpose, Eva Nowack and her group use the photosynthetic amoeba Paulinella chromatophora and the symbiont-harboring trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei as model systems.

Dr. Eva Nowack studied biology at the University of Cologne and obtained her PhD in 2009 from the "International graduate school in genetics and functional genomics". After her research stay at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford/USA she started her Emmy Noether research group „Microbial symbiosis and organelle evolution“ at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in June 2014.

Distinctions and Awards
  • Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation, 2018
  • Emmy Noether Research Group leader, German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2014
  • Postdoc Award of the German section of the International Society of Endocytobiology, 2013
  • DFG Postdoctoral research fellow, 2010 – 2012
  • Wilhelm Pfeffer-Award of the Wilhelm Pfeffer-Foundation, 2009
  • PhD Fellowship of the International Graduate School in Genetics and Functional Genomics, University of Cologne, 
  • 2005 – 2009
  • Irene Menton Prize of the British Phycological Society, 2005
Key publications

Morales, J.*, Kokkori, S.*, Weidauer, D., Chapman, J., Goltsman, E., Rokhsar, D., Grossman, A.R., and Nowack, E.C.M. (2016) Development of a toolbox to dissect host-endosymbiont interactions and protein trafficking in the trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei. BMC Evol Biol 16: 247. (* authors contributed equally)

Nowack, E.C.M., Price, D.C., Bhattacharya, D., Singer, A., Melkonian, M., and Grossman, A.R. (2016) Gene transfers from diverse bacteria compensate for reductive genome evolution in the chromatophore of Paulinella chromatophora. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA, 113(43):12214-12219

Nowack, E.C.M. and Grossman, A.R. (2012). Trafficking of protein into the recently established photosynthetic organelles of Paulinella chromatophora. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 109, 5340-5345.

Nowack, E.C.M., Vogel, H., Groth, M., Grossman, A.R., Melkonian, M., and Glöckner, G. (2011). Endosymbiotic gene transfer and transcriptional regulation of transferred genes in Paulinella chromatophora. Mol Biol Evol 28, 407-422.

Nowack, E.C.M., Melkonian, M. and Glöckner, G. (2008). Chromatophore genome sequence of Paulinella sheds light on acquisition of photosynthesis by eukaryotes. Curr Biol 18, 410-418.


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