The identification of the roles and functions of specific groups of organisms is a key to understanding the importance of biodiversity to ecosystem functioning. In my PhD project I am focusing on biodiversity, distribution, species composition and abundance of major planktonic groups (aquatic fungi, protists and bacteria) in environmental DNA samples collected from a survey of lakes in southern Norway and Sweden. I use 454 pyrosequencing and Illumina amplicon sequencing to explore the diversity and community structure of aquatic microbes. The molecular data are related to the measured environmental factors through statistical analyses.
My research interests are in the fields of microbial ecology, microbiology, biogeography, molecular ecology and bioinformatics.
Higher education and employment history
2010-2012 – MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Joint degree of 6 partner universities (www.embc.marbef.org). Studied in Bremen University (Germany), Oviedo University (Spain), Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Germany). Diploma with Great Distinction.
2008-2010 – junior researcher, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Institute of Microbiology, Minsk, Belarus
2008-2009 – MSc in Biological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus
2003-2008 – Diploma specialist of Biological Sciences with a specialization in Microbiology. Belarusian State University (BSU), Minsk, Belarus
2nd place award in the Republican competition of scientific works of students, Minsk, Belarus (2009)
MBV3060 - General Microbiology
BIO2100 - General Ecology
BIO1200 Finse - Mycology part
Khomich, M., Kauserud, H., Logares, R., Rasconi, S., Andersen, T. 2016. Planktonic protistan communities in lakes along a large-scale environmental gradient. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93 (4): 1-13. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw231
Khomich, M., Davey, M.L., Kauserud, H., Rasconi, S., Andersen, T. 2017. Fungal communities in Scandinavian lakes along a longitudinal gradient. Fungal Ecology 27: 36-46. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2017.01.008
Mikhailova, RV, Lobanok, AG, Tsirkunova, ZhF, Khomich, MB, Ngo Kim Chi, Fam Hong Hai, Tran Dinh Toai. 2010. Application of chitinolytic enzymes from Paecilomyces marquandii and bromeline for hydrolysis of high-molecular-weight chitosan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Biological sciences 4: 80-84.
Tsyrkunova, ZhF, Khomich, MB, Mikhailova, RV, Lobanok, AG. 2010. Screening of filamentous fungi – the producers of chitinolytic enzymes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Biological sciences 1: 62-64.
Zhukovskaya, LA, Mikhailova, RV, Khomich, MB, Semashko, TV. 2009. The characteristic of recombinant strains Penicillium adametzii LF F-2044.1.17 and P. adametzii LF F-2044.1.18 – the producers of glucose oxidase. Immunopathology, Allergology, Infectology 2: 174-175.