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Shady A.

Associate Professor

Biology Program, NYU Abu Dhabi

Global Network Associate Professor

Faculty of Arts & Sciences, NYU

Email: samin[at]

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B.Sc. Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara

M.A. Chemistry, San Diego State University

Ph.D. Bioinorganic Chemistry, UC San Diego & SDSU Joint Doctoral Program

Shady is interested in studying symbiotic relationships between eukaryotes and their microbiome in aquatic ecosystems and their importance to ecosystem function, the evolution of eukaryotes, and the effect climate change has on these critical interactions. During his doctoral studies with the late Prof. Carl Carrano, he showed that some marine bacteria can provide bioavailable iron to their dinoflagellate and diatom hosts, which may enable these algal lineages to grow in large swaths of the oceans that are iron limited. During his postdoctoral work with Prof. Ginger Armbrust at UW, he uncovered a widespread signaling mechanism between diatoms and bacteria based on hormones. In 2015, he joined NYU Abu Dhabi, where his lab studies the influence of phytoplankton-microbiome interactions on global biogeochemistry, the role the coral microbiome plays in coral adaptation to climate change among other topics.

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Selected Publications

K.E. Helliwell, A.A. Shibl, S.A. Amin (2022). The Diatom Microbiome: New Perspectives for Diatom-Bacteria Symbioses. In: Falciatore, A., Mock, T. (eds) The Molecular Life of Diatoms. Springer Nature, 679-712.

A.A. Shibl, A. Isaac, M.A. Ochsenkühn,A. Cardenas, C. Fei, G. Behringer, M. Arnoux, N. Drou, M.P. Santos, K.C. Gunsalus, C.R. Voolstra, S.A. Amin (2020). Diatom modulation of select bacteria through use of two unique secondary metabolites. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 17, 27445-27455.

S.A. Amin, L.R. Hmelo, H.M. Van Tol, B.P. Durham, L.T. Carlson, K.R. Heal, R.L. Morales, C.T. Berthiaume, M.S. Parker, B. Djunaedi, A.E. Ingalls, M.R. Parsek, M.A. Moran, E.V. Armbrust (2015). Interactions and signaling between a cosmopolitan phytoplankton and associated bacteria. Nature. 522, 98-101. 

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