Biography

I obtained my MSc degree 1998 in Biology with emphasis on Biological Oceanography at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel and the PhD (2003) at Bremen University (Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research), Germany. Before joining the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2007, most of my PostDoc research was conducted with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the School of Oceanography, University of Washington (EV Armbrust lab) in joint cooperation with the Biotechnology Center, University of Wisconsin (MR Sussman lab), USA. Before I was promoted to Professor in 2014, I was Reader (2012-2014) and had a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellowship (2007-2012). I am a member of several genome and metagenome projects with marine microalgae (e.g. diatoms) and bacteria and conducted transcriptome analysis with diatoms using microarrays and expressed sequence tags (ESTs) in order to find the molecular basis of adaptation to environmental conditions. A crucial part of this research is the identification of metabolic pathways (e.g carbon fixation, silicon bioprocesses in diatoms) and their key regulatory components (e.g. DNA-binding proteins) to find mechanisms on how these organisms sense changes in environmental conditions. This fundamental knowledge about microbes from the upper ocean will help to interpret future responses to global change.


PhD Studentships Available
DMSP catabolism in polar sea-ice algae: Physiological and global implications

PhD Positions

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

Website: http://www.mocklab.com/

All Publications

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Bentkowski, P., Van Oosterhout, C., Ashby, B., Mock, T.

(2017)

The effect of extrinsic mortality on genome size evolution in prokaryotes,

in The ISME Journal

11

(4)

pp. 1011–1018

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Mock, T., Otillar, R. P., Strauss, J., McMullan, M., Paajanen, P., Schmutz, J., Salamov, A., Sanges, R., Toseland, A., Ward, B. J., Allen, A. E., Dupont, C. L., Frickenhaus, S., Maumus, F., Veluchamy, A., Wu, T., Barry, K. W., Falciatore, A., Ferrante, M. I., Fortunato, A. E., Glöckner, G., Gruber, A., Hipkin, R., Janech, M. G., Kroth, P. G., Leese, F., Lindquist, E. A., Lyon, B. R., Martin, J., Mayer, C., Parker, M., Quesneville, H., Raymond, J. A., Uhlig, C., Valas, R. E., Valentin, K. U., Worden, A. Z., Armbrust, E. V., Clark, M. D., Bowler, C., Green, B. R., Moulton, V., Van Oosterhout, C., Grigoriev, I. V.

(2017)

Evolutionary genomics of a cold-adapted diatom: Fragilariopsis cylindrus,

in Nature

541

pp. 536–540

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(Published)


Singh, A. K., Sharma, N., Farooqi, H., Abdin, M. Z., Mock, T., Kumar, S.

(2017)

Phycoremediation of municipal wastewater by microalgae to produce biofuel,

in International Journal of Phytoremediation

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Basu, S., Patil, S., Mapleson, D., Russo, M. T., Vitale, L., Fevola, C., Maumus, F., Casotti, R., Mock, T., Caccamo, M., Montresor, M., Sanges, R., Ferrante, M. I.

(2017)

Finding a partner in the ocean: molecular and evolutionary bases of the response to sexual cues in a planktonic diatom,

in New Phytologist

215

(1)

pp. 140–156

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(E-pub ahead of print)


Mock, T., Daines, S., Geider, R., Collins, S., Metoviev, M., Millar, A. J., Moulton, V., Lenton, T.

(2016)

Bridging the gap between omics and earth system science to better understand how environmental change impacts marine microbes,

in Global Change Biology

22

(1)

pp. 61-75

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Zhang, X., Gamarra, J., Castro, S., Carrasco, E., Hernandez, A., Mock, T., Hadaegh, A. R., Read, B. A.

(2016)

Characterization of the Small RNA Transcriptome of the Marine Coccolithophorid, Emiliania huxleyi,

in PLoS ONE

11

(4)

article no. e0154279

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Hopes, A., Nekrasov, V., Kamoun, S., Mock, T.

(2016)

Editing of the urease gene by CRISPR-Cas in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana,

in Plant Methods

12

(1)

article no. 49

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Gruber, A., Rocap, G., Kroth, P. G., Armbrust, E. V., Mock, T.

(2015)

Plastid proteome prediction for diatoms and other algae with secondary plastids of the red lineage,

in The Plant Journal

81

(3)

pp. 519-528

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Van Oosterhout, C., Mock, T., Bentkowski, P.

(2015)

A Model of Genome Size Evolution for Prokaryotes in Stable and Fluctuating Environments,

in Genome Biology and Evolution

7

(8)

pp. 2344–2351

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Jahn, M. T., Schmidt, K., Mock, T.

(2014)

A novel cost effective and high-throughput isolation and identification method for marine microalgae,

in Plant Methods

10

(1)

article no. 26

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Lopez-gomollon, S., Beckers, M., Rathjen, T., Moxon, S., Maumus, F., Mohorianu, I., Moulton, V., Dalmay, T., Mock, T.

(2014)

Global discovery and characterization of small non-coding RNAs in marine microalgae,

in BMC Genomics

15

(1)

article no. 697

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Toseland, A., Moxon, S., Mock, T., Moulton, V.

(2014)

Metatranscriptomes from diverse microbial communities: assessment of data reduction techniques for rigorous annotation,

in BMC Genomics

15

article no. 901

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Lyon, B., Mock, T.

(2014)

Polar Microalgae: New Approaches towards Understanding Adaptations to an Extreme and Changing Environment,

in RNA Biology

3

(1)

pp. 56-80

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Toseland, A., Daines, S. J., Clark, J. R., Kirkham, A., Strauss, J., Uhlig, C., Lenton, T. M., Valentin, K., Pearson, G. A., Moulton, V., Mock, T.

(2013)

The impact of temperature on marine phytoplankton resource allocation and metabolism,

in Nature Climate Change

3

(11)

pp. 979-984

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Hockin, N., Mock, T., Mulholland, F., Kopriva, S., Malin, G.

(2012)

The Response of Diatom Central Carbon Metabolism to Nitrogen Starvation Is Different from That of Green Algae and Higher Plants,

in Plant Physiology

158

(1)

pp. 299-312

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Mock, T., Kirkham, A.

(2012)

What can we learn from genomics approaches in marine ecology? From sequences to eco-systems biology!,

in Marine Ecology

33

(2)

pp. 131–148

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Bayer-Giraldi, M., Uhlig, C., John, U., Mock, T., Valentin, K.

(2010)

Antifreeze proteins in polar sea ice diatoms: Diversity and gene expression in the genus Fragilariopsis,

in Environmental Microbiology

12

(4)

pp. 1041-1052

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Arrigo, K., Mock, T., Lizotte, M.

(2009)

Sea ice algae,

in Sea Ice.

Blackwell Publishing

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Durkin, C., Mock, T., Armbrust, E.

(2009)

Chitin in diatoms and its association with the cell wall,

in Eukaryotic Cell

8

(7)

pp. 1038-1050

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Maheswari, U., Mock, T., Armbrust, E., Bowler, C.

(2009)

Update of the Diatom EST Database: A new tool for digital transcriptomics,

in Nucleic Acids Research

37

(SUPPL. 1)

pp. D1001-D1005

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Key Research Interests

Environmental and functional genomics of marine microbial organisms; metagenomics of the upper ocean; physiological adaptation; diatom biology; photosynthesis; polar biology; biochemistry; biological oceanography.

Significant Publications

  • B.A. Read, J. Kegel, M.J. Klute, A. Kuo, S.C. Lefebvre, F. Maumus, C. Mayer, J. Miller, A. Monier, A. Salamov, J. Young, M. Aguilar, J-M. Claverie, S. Frickenhaus, K. Gonzalez, E.K. Herman, Y-C. Lin, J. Napier, H. Ogata, A.F. Sarno, J. Shmutz, D. Schroeder, C. de Vargas, F. Verret, P. von Dassow, K. Valentin, Y. Van de Peer, G. Wheeler,A.E. Allen, K. Bidle, M. Borodovsky, C. Bowler, C. Brownlee, J.M. Cock, M. Elias, V.N. Gladyshev, M. Groth, C. Guda, A. Hadaegh, M.D. Iglesias-Rodriguez, J. Jenkins, B.M. Jones, T. Lawson, F. Leese, E. Lindquist, A. Lobanov, A. Lomsadze, S-B. Malik, M.E. Marsh, L. Mackinder, T. Mock, B. Mueller-Roeber, A. Pagarete, M. Parker, I. Probert, H. Quesneville, C. Raines, S.A. Rensing, D.M. Riaño-Pachón, S. Richier, S. Rokitta, Y. Shiraiwa, D.M. Soanes, M. van der Giezen, T.M. Wahlund, B. Williams, W. Wilson, G. Wolfe, L.L. Wurch, J.B. Dacks, C.F. Delwiche, S.T. Dyhrman, G. Glöckner, U. John, T. Richards, A.Z. Worden, X. Zhang & I.V. Grigoriev (2013) Pan genome of the phytoplankton Emiliania underpins its global distribution. Nature doi: 10.1038/nature12221
  • Curtis, B.A., Tanifuji, G., Burki, F., Gruber, A., Irimia, M., Mayuyama, S., Arias, M.C., Ball, S.G., Gile, G.H., Hirakawa, Y., Hopkins J.F., Kuo, A., Rensing, S.A., Schumtz, J., Symeonidi, A., Elias, M., Eveleigh, R.J.M., Herman, E.K., Klute, M.J., Nakayam, T., Obornik, M., Reyes-Prieto, A., Armbrust, E.V., Aves, S.J., Beiko, R.G., Coutinho, P., Dacks, J.B., Durnford, D.G., Fast, N.M., Green, B.R., Grisdale, C.J., Hempel, F., Henrissat, B., Hoppner, M.P., Ishida, K-I., Kim, E., Loreny, K., Krooth, P.G., Liu, Y., Mali, S-B., Maier, U.G., McRose, D., Mock, T., Neilson, J.A.D., Onodera, N.T., Poole, A.M., Pritham, E.J., Richards, T.A., Rocap, G., Roy, S.W., Sarai, C., Schaack, S., Shirato, S., Slamovits, C.H., Spencer, D.F., Suzuki, S., Worden, A.Z., Zauner, S., Barry, K., Bell, C., Bharti, A.K., Crow, J.A., Grimwood, J., Kramer, R., Lindquist, E., Lucas, S., Salamov, A., McFadden, G.I., Lane, C.E., Keeling, P.J., Gray, M.W., Grigoriev, I.V., Archibald, J.M. (2012) Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs. Nature 492, 59-65 doi: 10.1038/nature11681
  • Worden AZ, Lee JH$, Mock T$, Rouzé P$, Simmons MP$, Aerts AL, Allen AE, Cuvelier ML, Derelle E, Everett MV, Foulon E, Grimwood J, Gundlach H, Henrissat B, Napoli C, McDonald SM, Parker MS, Rombauts S, Salamov A, Von Dassow P, Badger JH, Coutinho PM, Demir E, Dubchak I, Gentemann C, Eikrem W, Gready JE, John U, Lanier W, Lindquist EA, Lucas S, Mayer KF, Moreau H, Not F, Otillar R, Panaud O, Pangilinan J, Paulsen I, Piegu B, Poliakov A, Robbens S, Schmutz J, Toulza E, Wyss T, Zelensky A, Zhou K, Armbrust EV, Bhattacharya D, Goodenough UW, Van de Peer Y, Grigoriev IV. (2009) Green evolution and dynamic adaptations revealed by genomes of the marine picoeukaryotes Micromonas. Science, 324: 268-72. ($These authors contributed equally to this work)
  • Bowler C, Allen AE, Badger JH, Grimwood J, Jabbari K, Kuo A, Maheswari U, Martens C, Maumus F, Otillar RP, Rayko E, Salamov A, Vandepoele K, Beszteri B, Gruber A, Heijde M, Katinka M, Mock T, Valentin K, Verret F, Berges JA, Brownlee C, Cadoret J-P, Chiovitti A, Choi CJ, Coesel S, De Martino A, Detter JC, Durkin C, Falciatore A, Fournet J, Haruta M, Huysmann M, Jenkins BD, Jiroutova K, Jorgensen RE, Joubert Y, Kaplan A, Kroeger N, Kroth P, La Roche J, Lindquist E, Lommer M, Martin-Jezequel V, Lopez PJ, Lucas S, Mangogna M, McGinnis K, Medlin LK, Montsant A, Oudot-Le Secq M-P, Napoli C, Obornik M, Petit J-L, Porcel BM, Poulsen N, Robison M, Rychlewski L, Rynearson TA, Schmutz J, Schnitzler Parker M, Shapiro H, Siaut M, Stanley M, Sussman MJ, Taylor A, Vardi A, von Dassow P, Vyverman W, Willis A, Wyrwicz LS, Rokhsar DS, Weissenbach J, Armbrust EV, Green BR, Van de Peer Y, Grigoriev IV  (2008) The Phaeodactylum genome reveals the dynamic nature and multi-lineage evolutionary history of diatom genomes. Nature, 456: 239-244. (T. Mock with significant contribution)
  • Mock T, Samanta MP, Iverson V, Berthiaume C, Robison M, Holtermann K, Durkin C, Splinter BonDurant S, Richmond K, Rodesch M, Kallas T, Huttlin EL, Cerrina F, Sussman MR & Armbrust EV (2008) Whole genome expression profiling of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana identifies genes involved in silicon bioprocesses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105: 1579-1584. (cover story with commentary)


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Teaching Interests

Module Organizer:

  • ENV-MA9Y Research Training Project (MSci)

I teach on:

  • ENV-3A15 Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology
  • ENV-1A29 Global Environmental Challenges
  • ENV-3A20 Global Environmental Change
  • ENV MA15 Marine Ecology and Biological Oceanography

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Editorships:
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Phycology
  • Associate Editor of Algological Studies
  • Associate Editor of Microalgae Biotechnology
  • Elected member of Research Council Review Boards:
  • NERC college member
  • External supervisory activities:
  • Open University PhD supervisor for Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy