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How stable and flexible are microbiomes, how easily are they invaded by allochthonous bacteria?
Do small animals rather remove antibiotic resistant bacteria, or do they provide them with a surface to grow on and thereby persist?
Once such surfaces are inhabited by bacteria carrying antibiotic resistance genes can they be horizontally transferred to other bacteria?
Jul – Sep 2008, Research internship in microbial ecology, Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Grossart, Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fishery Neuglobsow, Germany
Nov 2008 – Jan 2012, Master thesis in Biology (Microbiology) entitled: Dynamics and ecophysiology of bacteria during a phytoplankton spring bloom in Lake Zurich Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jakob Pernthaler, Limnological Station, Institute of Plant Biology University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 2010 – Oct 2013, PhD studies in Natural Sciences (Biology, Microbiology) entitled: Organic carbon uptake by bacteria with different live strategies – Successions and unexplored food web interactions Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jakob Pernthaler, Limnological Station, Institute of Plant Biology University of Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 2014-Gen 2015, Post-doc position at the MEG of the CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Study Verbania in the research group of Dr. Gianluca Corno
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Eckert EM, Quero GM, Di Cesare A, et al. (2019) Antibiotic disturbance affects aquatic microbial community composition and food web interactions but not community resilience. Molecular ecology 28, 1170-1182.
Eckert EM, Di Cesare A, Stenzel B, Fontaneto D, Corno G (2016) Daphnia as a refuge for an antibiotic resistance gene in an experimental freshwater community. Science of The Total Environment 571, 77-81.
Eckert EM, Di Cesare A, Coci M, Corno G (2018) Persistence of antibiotic resistance genes in large subalpine lakes: the role of anthropogenic pollution and ecological interactions. Hydrobiologia 824, 93-108.
Eckert EM, Pernthaler J (2014) Bacterial epibionts of Daphnia: a potential route for the transfer of dissolved organic carbon in freshwater food webs. ISME J 8, 1808-1819.