We greatly welcome collaborations!

If you have any interests in collaborations and/or co-writing papers/proposals, please, send an email to K. Inomura (inomura@uri.edu). The common types of collaborations are as follows but any types of collaborative suggestions are welcomed:

1. Interpretation of experimental and observational data of biological, ecological, and biogeochemical sciences:

We have a unique set of quantitative/computational tools for the growth and metabolisms of microbial cells to interpret laboratory and observational data. The models are useful in providing quantitative interpretations to the observation and make data-and-theory based predictions. Please, take a look at the “Model list” below as well as our recent review paper (Inomura et al., 2020a  Link ). Even if you do not see a model you would like, we are happy to revise/develop a new model in collaboration with experimental and observational scientists.

PredictionHypothesis/TheoryQuantitative implication DataExperimentModelCFMN2CNCO2Biomass

2. Providing tools for representing cellular metabolisms in ecological and biogeochemical models:

Our models are kept simple and computationally efficient, allowing their incorporation into different model frameworks. The incorporated model will provide addtional layers of physiological details such as intracellular metabolic networks, macromolecular allocations and elemental ratios of the cells.

CFMN2CNCO2BiomassEcological/Biogeochemical model Additional layer ofphysiological detailsImage credit: Oliver Jahn and MIT Darwin Project

Model list:

  1. Growth and metabolism of heterotrophic nitrogen fixing bacteria (Inomura et al., 2017,
     Link , 2018  Link )  

  2. Growth and metabolism of Trichodesmium, marine multi-cellular photoautotrophic nitrogen fixers (Inomura et al., 2019a  Link )

  3. Growth, metabolism and molecular allocation of Crocosphaera, marine unicellular photoautotrophic nitrogen fixers (Inomura et al., 2019b  Link , 2019c  Link )

  4. Metabolisms of the heterogeneous population of microorganisms (Masuda, Inomura et al., 2020b  Link )

  5. Growth, metabolism, and molecular allocation of phytoplankton (Inomura et al., 2020
     Link )

  6. Growth, metabolism and molecular exchange in microbial symbiosis (Inomura et al., 2020c  Link )

  7. Growth and metabolism of general heterotrophic bacteria (based on Rittmann and McCarty 2001)

  8. Simple model of microbial ecosystems (Inomura et al., 2019c  Link )

  9. Computation of carbon chemistry (based on Emerson and Hedges 2008, e.g., Masuda et al., 2021  Link )