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David Singer


Dr. David Singer

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Professional info

I am a doctor in biology specialized in the diversity, the ecology and the biogeography of microeukaryotes. I did my PhD in the laboratory of Soil Biodiversity in the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) from 2012 to 2017. From 2019-2020, I did a Postdoc in São Paulo (Brazil), Ottawa (Canada) and Madrid (Spain) to learn single cells transcriptomics. From 2020 to 2022, I have worked in the LPG in the University of Angers (France) to discover the mysterious word of Foraminifera! I am now back in Switzerland and I have worked on the barcoding of Collembola and Acaria clade and also to work on an endangered species of Bumblebee. Now I have a Adjunct Scientist position in the HES-SO of Changins and I am working on the eukaryotic diversity and ecology of microorganisms living in soil vineyards.

Work experience

2023 - Now       Adjunct Scientist Soil and Environment, HES-SO, Changins, Switzerland

                                80% Position (30% teaching and 50% reasearch)

2023 - 2024       Postdoc Soil and Environment, HES-SO, Changins, Switzerland

                                Project: VITAE Development of a soil microorganism diagnostic tool to better protect crops

2022 - 2023       Postdoc InfoFauna—Swiss Zoological Records Center, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

                                Project: Endangered bumblebee Bombus muscorum in Swiss wetlands: Insights on

                                interspecific competition and habitat use

2022 - 2023       Postdoc Laboratory of soil biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

                                Project: ColAc: Swiss diversity of Collembola and Acaria

2020 - 2022       Postdoc UMR CNRS 6112 LPG-BIAF Bio-Indicateurs Actuels et Fossiles,

                            University of Angers

                                Project: FORESTAT – FORaminifera in ESTuaries of the french ATlantic coast.

2019 - 2020       Postdoc Laboratory of Evolutionary Protistology, University of São Paulo, Brazil

                                Project: From environmental metabarcoding/metatranscriptomic to a single-cell

                                transcriptomics: evaluation of human impact on the microeukaryotic diversity of the Tietê

                                River, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2017 - 2019       Postdoc Laboratory of soil biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

                                Project: The effect of cadavers, blood, urine and faeces on soil ecology.

2012 - 2017       PhD Laboratory of soil biodiversity, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

                                Project: A molecular approach to microeukaryotic diversity, ecology and biogeography 

                                associated with Sphagnum mosses


12.09.2018 Laureate of the "Helen Tappan, Early Career Researcher Award 2018" of the International Society of Testate Amoeba Reseachers - ISTAR in recognition of a contribution to fundamental advances in understanding the taxonomy, community structure, and functional ecology of testate amoeba.


01.03.2018 Laureate of the “Karl Gottlieb Grell Award 2018of the German Society of Protozoology in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of protistological research.


16.11.2017 Laureate of the “Prix Jean-Luc Crélerot 2018of the University of Neuchâtel, in recognition of a PhD in the “evolution of the organisms” field of research.

Laboratory Skills

- Environmental and single cells DNA extraction

- PCR/Quantification/Libraries preparation (metabarcoding/ transcriptomic)

- Cloning/Sequencing technics

- Illumina sequencing


- Sequences analyses (Editing, Aligning, phylogenetic reconstruction)

- NGS Data Analysis (Cleaning, clustering, assigning...)

- Unix Shell Scripting

- R

Reviewer for:

- Nature Ecology and Evolution (1)

- Ecology Letters (1)

- Land Degradation & Development (1)

- Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (1)

- Environmental Microbiology (3)

- Molecular Ecology (3)

- Geoderma (2)

- Soil Biology and Biochemestry (1)

- Science of the Total Environment (1)

- FEMS Microbiology Ecology (1)

- Plos One (1)

- Microbial Ecology (2)

- Plant and Soil (1)

- Protist (1)

- Eukaryotic Microbiology (1)

- European Journal of Soil Biology (1)

- European Journal of Protistology (2)

- Hydrobiologia (1)

- Journal of Limnology (1)

- Environmental Science and Pollution Research (1)


French: Native

English: Professional working proficiency

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