David Singer


Dr. David Singer

Department of Zoology
Institute of Biosciences
Rua do Matão, Tv. 14, n101
São Paulo, SP - 05508-090



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Laboratory of Soil Biodiversity


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Professional info

I am a young doctor in biology specialized in the study of the diversity, the ecology and the biogeography of microeukaryotes. I did my PhD in th laboratory of Soil Biodiversity in the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) from 2012 to 2017. I have now a Postdoc position in São Paulo in Brazil and one of my interest will be to learn more about the transcriptomics and metatranscriptomics approaches.

Work experience

2019 - Present 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.


Dr. Enrique Lara

Researcher for the Spanish National Research Council · Real Jardín Botanico de Madrid Spain

Email: enrique.lara@rjb.csic.es

Prof. Edward Mitchell

Director of the Soil Biodiversity laboratory of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Email: edward.mitchell@unine.ch

Prof. Micah Dunthorn
Independent Junior Research Group Leader, University of Kaiserslautern, (Germany)
Email: dunthorn@rhrk.uni-kl.de
Dr. Diego Fontaneto
Permanent researcher, National research council, Verbania (Italy)
Email: d.fontaneto@ise.cnr.it
Prof. Thomas Posch
Groupleader department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zürich (Switzerland)
Email: posch@limnol.uzh.ch
Laboratory Skills

- DNA Extraction (mosses, Freshwater, soil, single cells...)

- PCR (NGS, 18S, COI...)

- Cloning/Sequencing technics

- Gel Electrophoresis

- Soil/Water chemical analyses


- Sequences analysis (Editing, Aligning, phylogenetic reconstruction)

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

- Unix Shell Scripting

- R

- Unix Shell scripting

- Inkscape

- Gimp

- Latex

Review Paper

- Land Degradation & Development (1)

- Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (1)

- Environmental Microbiology (3)

- Molecular Ecology (2)

- Science of the Total Environment (1)

- FEMS Microbiology Ecology (1)

- Plos One (1)

- Microbial Ecology (2)

- Protist (1)

- Eukaryotic Microbiology (1)

- European Journal of Soil Biology (1)

- Hydrobiologia (1)

- Journal of Limnology (1)

- Environmental Science and Pollution Research (1)


French: Native

English: Professional working proficiency