MSc. Maliheh Mehrshad, Ph.D.

Job Position: Former employee - Department of Aquatic Microbial Ecology (AME)

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775819
Room: 22


Research Interests

Ecology, diversity and community structure of prokaryotes in aguatic environments via genomics and metagenomics approaches, deciphering life strategies, metabolic capabilities, defense system and survival tricks of the understudied components of the microbial community.

Taxonomy and phylogeny of prokaryotes

Curriculum vitae

Summer 2016-Present , Postdoctoral researcher

Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic


2011–2016 , PhD in Microbiology

Extremophiles Laboratory, Department of Microbiology,  University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

Evolutionary Genomics Group, Universidad Miguel Hernández, San Juan de Alicante, Spain.

(Thesis Title: Metagenomic survey of prokaryotes in the photic zone of the Caspian Sea)


2009 – 2011, M.Sc. in Microbiology

Extremophiles Laboratory, Department of Microbiology,  University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

(Thesis Title: Diversity of aerobic heterotrophic moderately halophilic and halotolerant bacteria from western coastal line of Urmia Lake with culture-dependent and culture-independent methods)


2005 – 2009, B. Sc. in Molecular Biology, Microbiology

University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

(Thesis Title: Polyphasic identification of halotolerant and moderately halophilic bacteria from Aran-Bidgol Salt Lake)




Ghai R., Mehrshad M., Mizuno C.M., Rodriguez-Valera F. (2016) Metagenomic recovery of phage genomes of uncultured freshwater Actinobacteria The ISME Journal DOI: doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.110


Researchgate link to the publications :

Total found: 8 records
Andrei A., Salcher M., Mehrshad M., Rychtecký P., Znachor P., Ghai R. (2019) Niche-directed evolution modulates genome architecture in freshwater Planctomycetes ISME Journal 13 : 1056–1071.
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0332-5
Bulzu P.A., Andrei A., Salcher M., Mehrshad M., Inoue K. , Kandori H. , Béjà O., Ghai R., Banciu H.L. (2019) Casting light on Asgardarchaeota metabolism in a sunlit microoxic niche Nature Microbiology 4 : 1129–1137 .
DOI: 10.1038/s41564-019-0404-y
Kavagutti V., Andrei A., Mehrshad M., Salcher M., Ghai R. (2019) Phage-centric ecological interactions in aquatic ecosystems revealed through ultradeep metagenomics Microbiome 7 : 135.
DOI: 10.1186/s40168-019-0752-0
Vavourakis C.D. , Mehrshad M., Balkema C., van Hall R., Andrei A., Ghai R., Sorokin D., Muyzer G. (2019) Metagenomes and metatranscriptomes shed new light on the microbial-mediated sulfur cycle in a Siberian soda lake BMC Biology 17 : 69.
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-019-0688-7
Mehrshad M., Rodriguez-Valera F. , Amoozegar M. A., López-García P., Ghai R. (2018) The enigmatic SAR202 cluster up close: Shedding light on a globally distributed dark ocean lineage involved in sulfur cycling The ISME Journal 12 : 655-668 .
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-017-0009-5
Mehrshad M., Salcher M.M., Okazaki Y., Nakano S., Šimek K., Andrei A., Ghai R. (2018) Hidden in plain sight—highly abundant and diverse planktonic freshwater Chloroflexi Microbiome 6 : 176.
DOI: 10.1186/s40168-018-0563-8
Vavourakis C.D. , Andrei A., Mehrshad M., Ghai R., Sorokyn D. Y., Muyzer G. (2018) A metagenomics roadmap to the uncultured genome diversity in hypersaline soda lake sediments Microbiome 6 : 168.
DOI: 10.1186/s40168-018-0548-7
Cabello-Yeves P.J., Ghai R., Mehrshad M., Picazo A., Camacho A. , Rodriguez-Valera F. (2017) Reconstruction of diverse Verrucomicrobial genomes from metagenome datasets of freshwater reservoirs Frontiers in Microbiology 8 : 2131.
DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02131


Biology Centre CAS
Institute of Hydrobiology
Na Sádkách 702/7
370 05 České Budějovice

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