Hi everyone! My name is Olga and I am co-leading the Microbial Systems Ecology group together with Prof. Martin Ackermann.
I obtained both my MSc and PhD degrees from ETH Zurich. During my PhD studies in Ruedi Aebersold's lab, I developed experimental resources and computational strategies to comprehensively and accurately quantify proteins in microbial organisms by mass spectrometry. I applied these to obtain insights into the dynamic reorganization of proteomes in response to environmental stress conditions. For my postdoc, I joined the lab of Leonid Kruglyak at the University of California, Los Angeles where I developed a CRISPR-based screen in yeast to study how protein levels depend on an organism’s genome sequence and how genetic perturbations affect protein networks.
Since joining ETH Zurich / Eawag in 2021, first as a senior scientist and now as a group leader, I shifted focus from studying molecular networks in individual microbial cells to dissecting molecular mechanisms of microbial interactions in communities. For this research, we are integrating genome-wide molecular omics characterizations and large-scale genetic engineering, with microfluidics, live-cell microscopy, and mathematical modeling. Our group's goal is to gain insights into fundamental principles underlying microbial interactions that may ultimately inform the controlling or engineering of microbial systems performing critical ecosystem services in the water cycle.