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Tanja Woyke

molecular biologist: Joint Genome Institute

Media contact: David Gilbert, 925-296-5643,


Tanja Woyke is the Program Head for Microbial Genomics at the JGI, leading efforts in the exploration of bacterial and archaeal diversity by high throughput genome and transcriptome sequencing and analysis.

After studying the mechanism of action of antifungal natural products and their derivatives during her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (Germany), she pursued her postdoctoral research at the DOE Joint Genome Institute in 2004.  The main object of her research was the symbiont community of a gutless oligochaete for which she deciphered function and host-symbiont interplay using metagenomics.

Taking on a Research Scientist position in 2007, she switched gears from metagenomics to single cell genomics, which is now her primary interest and passion. Tanja assumed the program lead position in 2009.


Recent Publications

Newton ILG, Woyke T, Auchtung TA, Dilly GF, Dutton RJ, Fisher MC, Fontanez KM,  Lau E, Stewart FJ, Richardson PM, Barry  KW, Detter JC, Wu D, Eisen JA, Cavanaugh CM.  A window into hydrothermal vent endosymbioses: the Calyptogena magnifica chemoautotrophic symbiont genome. Manuscript in preparation/ submission.

Woyke T, Teeling H, Ivanova NN, Huntemann M, Richter M, Gloeckner FO, Boffelli D,  Anderson IJ, Barry KW, Shapiro HJ, Szeto E, Kyrpides NC, Mussmann M, Amann R,  Bergin C, Ruehland C, Rubin EM, Dubilier N.  Symbiosis insights through metagenomic analysis of a microbial consortium (2006).  Nature 443: 950-5.

Pettit RK,  Woyke T, Pon S, Cichacz ZA, Pettit GR, Herald CL.  In vitro and in vivo antifungal activities of the marine sponge constituent spongistatin (2005).  Med Mycol 43: 453-63.  

Hoelzinger DB, Mariani L, Weis J,  Woyke T, Berens TJ, McDonough WS, Sloan A,  Coons SW, Berens ME.  Gene expression profile of glioblastoma multiforme invasive phenotype points to new therapeutic targets (2005).  Neoplasia 7: 7-16.

Woyke T, Berens ME, Hoelzinger DB, Pettit GR, Winkelmann G, Pettit RK.  Differential gene expression in auristatin PHE-treated Cryptococcus neoformans (2004).  Antimicrob Agents Chemother 48: 561-7.

Woyke T, Roberson RW, Pettit GR, Winkelmann G, Pettit RK.  Effect of auristatin PHE on microtubule integrity and nuclear localization in  Cryptococcus neoformans (2002).  Antimicrob Agents Chemother 46: 3802-8.



Ph.D., Biology, magna cum laude, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany

M.S., Biology, magna cum laude, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany

B.S., Biology, magna cum laude, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany


last updated: 2011-05-18 16:08:19