HR Excellence in Science

MSc. Paul Layoun

Position PhD Student
Department of Aquatic Microbial Ecology (AME)
Institute of Hydrobiology

Contact details +420 387 77 5836
221 NB


PhD in the project: Ecogenomics of genome-streamlined freshwater methylotrophs

Interested in the ecology of streamlined freshwater bacteria. Focusing on “Ca. Methylopumilus” from a genetic intra + interspecific perspective that underlies the physiological and evolutionary advantages that this group possesses explaining their rampant abundance in freshwater lakes globally.


2019-Current         PhD: Ecogenomics of genome-streamlined freshwater methylotrophs

Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia & Department of Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice – Czech Republic

2016-2018              Masters of Science of the Universe, Environment, Ecology - Oceanography and marine environments

Sorbonne Université (UPMC – Paris VI) Paris – France

2013-2016              Bachelors in Life Sciences – Biochemistry

Saint Joseph University – Faculty of Science (CST) Lebanon

Grants and awards

  • PhD research grant 19-23469S (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic)
  • PhD research grant 022/2019/P (Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice 2019-2021)
  • Awarded the 2020 travel grant No. 04-116/2019 (Faculty of Science USB) and Erasmus+ 2020/2021 grant.
  • Awarded first place for presentation quality in the yearly PhD conference of the department of Ecosystem biology (MEVPIS, 27-28 January 2020)

Total found: 3 records
Layoun P., López-Pérez M., Haro-Moreno J.M., Haber M., Thrash J.C., Henson M.W., Kavagutti V., Ghai R., Salcher M. (2024) Flexible genomic island conservation across freshwater and marine Methylophilaceae. The ISME Journal 18: wrad036.
DOI: 10.1093/ismejo/wrad036
Chiriac M., Bulzu P., Andrei A.S., Okazaki Y., Nakano S., Haber M., Kavagutti V., Layoun P., Ghai R., Salcher M. (2022) Ecogenomics sheds light on diverse lifestyle strategies in freshwater CPR. Microbiome 10: 84.
DOI: 10.1186/s40168-022-01274-3
Mukherjee I., Salcher M., Andrei A., Kavagutti V., Shabarova T., Grujčić V., Haber M., Layoun P., Hodoki Y., Nakano S., Šimek K., Ghai R. (2020) A freshwater radiation of diplonemids Environmental Microbiology 22: 4658–4668.


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