Ramunas Stepanauskas, Ph.D.
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
SCGC FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Ph.D., Ecology, Lund University, Sweden, 2000
M.A., Limnology, Lund University, Sweden, 1995
B.A., Limnology, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1993
I see the individuality of microbial cells as a major, unresolved enigma and a key to future improvements in our understanding of microbial ecology, evolution, biotechnology potential and impact on human health. Unicellular bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes constitute the oldest, the most abundant, and the most diverse forms of life on our planet. Yet, the extent, impact and underlying mechanisms of microbial diversity remain poorly understood, primarily due to technical challenges and paucity of unifying concepts that focus on discrete organisms - individual cells. My research group develops new technologies for single cell microbiology and utilizes them, along with other research tools, to address a wide array of questions in fundamental and applied microbiology.