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My main areas of interest are functional genomics of microbial isolates and communities. Including de-novo assembly, classification and functional specification of bacteria and yeast. During my Master and PhD I focused on microorganisms in biotechnological application, where I was involved in assembly and functional annotation as well as expression profiling. In the past two years I have become fascinated by studies on the human and environmental microbiome and its influence on the environment and human health. During that time I was involved in de-novo assembly and detection of novel species from metagenome samples, as well as taxonomic and functional classification of microbial communities.
Alexandra B. Graf on ResearchGate
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In our new project we will, together with the Academy of fine Arts Vienna, investigate the microbiome of historic buildings. We will focus on halophilic bacteria which colonise historic walls that are enriched in salts due to environmental factors. These bacteria, apart from the physical damage to the building materials, produce pigments that range from rosy to bright pink.
Samples will be taken in the Virgilkapelle at the center of Vienna, below the Stephansdom, and in an old cloister the Kartause Mauerbach.
Wall painting at the Charterhouse Mauerbach, the old cloister represents a typical historic building that is not climate controlled. Several locations can be found where patches of pink are visible.
– In December 2021 the team visited the Charterhouse, to specify locations for sampling
The goals of the project were:
Results: the study was conducted and analysed, the results are available on an interactive website: www.metagenapp.at