Laura Gomez Consarnau

Assistant Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Laura Gomez Consarnau


  • Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden, 6/2009
  • M.S. Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2/2004
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California, 10/2014-12/2015
    • Postdoctoral Researcher (Marie Curie EU fellowship), ICM-CSIC Institute of Marine Sciences, Barcelona, 10/2013-09/2014
    • Postdoctoral Researcher (Marie Curie EU fellowship), University of Southern California, 10/2011-09/2013
    • Postdoctoral Researcher (Swedish Research Council fellowship), University of Southern California, 03/2010-09/2011
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden, 09/2009-10/2009
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    The ultimate goal of our lab is to understand microbial functions in the ocean and their environmental implications. To answer some of these fundamental questions we use a combination of approaches that range from studying the genome and physiology of marine bacteria in culture to environmental metagenomics/metatranscriptomics combined with analytical chemistry protocols.

  • Journal Article

    • Gómez-Consarnau, L., González, J. M., Riedel, T., Jaenicke, S., Wagner-Döbler, I., Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A., Fuhrman, J. A. (2016). Proteorhodopsin light-enhanced growth linked to vitamin-B1 acquisition in marine Flavobacteria. The ISME journal. PubMed Web Address
    • Gómez-Consarnau, L., Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A. (2015). Beyond the iron age: the ecological relevance of non-ferrous bioactive trace metals and organic growth factors in aquatic systems. Frontiers in microbiology. Vol. 6, pp. 218.
    • Monteverde, D. R., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Cutter, L., Chong, L., Berelson, W., Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A. (2015). Vitamin B1 in marine sediments: pore water concentration gradient drives benthic flux with potential biological implications. Frontiers in microbiology. Vol. 6, pp. 434. PubMed Web Address
    • Fahlgren, C., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Zabori, J., Lindh, M. V., Krejci, R., Martensson, E. M., Nilsson, D., Pinhassi, J. (2015). Seawater mesocosm experiments in the Arctic uncover differential transfer of marine bacteria to aerosols. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY REPORTS. Vol. 7 (3), pp. 460-470.
    • Lekunberri, I., Gasol, J. M., Acinas, S. G., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Crespo, B. G., Casamayor, E. O., Massana, R., Pedrós-Alió, C., Pinhassi, J. (2014). The phylogenetic and ecological context of cultured and whole genome-sequenced planktonic bacteria from the coastal NW Mediterranean Sea. Systematic and applied microbiology. Vol. 37 (3), pp. 216-28. PubMed Web Address
    • Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Suffridge, C., Webb, E. A. (2014). The role of B vitamins in marine biogeochemistry. Annual review of marine science. Vol. 6, pp. 339-67. PubMed Web Address
    • Riedel, T., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Tomasch, J., Martin, M., Jarek, M., González, J. M., Spring, S., Rohlfs, M., Brinkhoff, T., Cypionka, H., Göker, M., Fiebig, A., Klein, J., Goesmann, A., Fuhrman, J. A., Wagner-Döbler, I. (2013). Genomics and physiology of a marine flavobacterium encoding a proteorhodopsin and a xanthorhodopsin-like protein. PloS one. Vol. 8 (3), pp. e57487. PubMed Web Address
    • Gómez-Consarnau, L., Lindh, M. V., Gasol, J. M., Pinhassi, J. (2012). Structuring of bacterioplankton communities by specific dissolved organic carbon compounds. Environmental microbiology. Vol. 14 (9), pp. 2361-78. PubMed Web Address
    • Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S. A., Cutter, L. S., Durazo, R., Smail, E. A., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Webb, E. A., Prokopenko, M. G., Berelson, W. M., Karl, D. M. (2012). Multiple B-vitamin depletion in large areas of the coastal ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 109 (35), pp. 14041-5. PubMed Web Address
    • González, J. M., Pinhassi, J., Fernández-Gómez, B., Coll-Lladó, M., González-Velázquez, M., Puigbò, P., Jaenicke, S., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Fernàndez-Guerra, A., Goesmann, A., Pedrós-Alió, C. (2011). Genomics of the proteorhodopsin-containing marine flavobacterium Dokdonia sp. strain MED134. Applied and environmental microbiology. Vol. 77 (24), pp. 8676-86. PubMed Web Address
    • Hultin, K. A., Krejci, R., Pinhassi, J., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Martensson, E. M., Hagstrom, A., Nilsson, E. D. (2011). Aerosol and bacterial emissions from Baltic Seawater. ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH. Vol. 99 (1), pp. 1-14.
    • Gómez-Consarnau, L., Akram, N., Lindell, K., Pedersen, A., Neutze, R., Milton, D. L., González, J. M., Pinhassi, J. (2010). Proteorhodopsin phototrophy promotes survival of marine bacteria during starvation. PLoS biology. Vol. 8 (4), pp. e1000358. PubMed Web Address
    • Sandaa, R. A., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Pinhassi, J., Riemann, L., Malits, A., Weinbauer, M. G., Gasol, J. M., Thingstad, T. F. (2009). Viral control of bacterial biodiversity–evidence from a nutrient-enriched marine mesocosm experiment. Environmental microbiology. Vol. 11 (10), pp. 2585-97. PubMed Web Address
    • Ramette, A., Boetius, A., Danchin, A., Eloe, E., Celussi, M., Croal, L., Gifford, S., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Hahn, M. W., Hoehler, T. M., Jorgensen, B. B., Karl, D. M., Kolter, R., Moran, M. A., Mueller, V., Ollivier, B., Guyot, F., Oremland, R. S., Stolz, J. F., Pearson, A., Stahl, D. A., Teusink, B., Bruggeman, F. J., Molenaar, D., Stoeck, T., Epstein, S., Tuemmler, B., Wommack, K. E., Zehr, J. P. (2009). Crystal ball-2009. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY REPORTS. Vol. 1 (1), pp. 3-26.
    • González, J. M., Fernández-Gómez, B., Fernàndez-Guerra, A., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Sánchez, O., Coll-Lladó, M., Del, J., Escudero, L., Rodríguez-Martínez, R., Alonso-Sáez, L., Latasa, M., Paulsen, I., Nedashkovskaya, O., Lekunberri, I., Pinhassi, J., Pedrós-Alió, C. (2008). Genome analysis of the proteorhodopsin-containing marine bacterium Polaribacter sp. MED152 (Flavobacteria). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 105 (25), pp. 8724-9. PubMed Web Address
    • Allers, E., Gómez-Consarnau, L., Pinhassi, J., Gasol, J. M., Simek, K., Pernthaler, J. (2007). Response of Alteromonadaceae and Rhodobacteriaceae to glucose and phosphorus manipulation in marine mesocosms. Environmental microbiology. Vol. 9 (10), pp. 2417-29. PubMed Web Address
    • Gómez-Consarnau, L., González, J. M., Coll-Lladó, M., Gourdon, P., Pascher, T., Neutze, R., Pedrós-Alió, C., Pinhassi, J. (2007). Light stimulates growth of proteorhodopsin-containing marine Flavobacteria. Nature. Vol. 445 (7124), pp. 210-3. PubMed Web Address
    • Alonso-Saez, L., Aristegui, J., Pinhassi, J., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Gonzalez, J. M., Vaque, D., Agusti, S., Gasol, J. M. (2007). Bacterial assemblage structure and carbon metabolism along a productivity gradient in the NE Atlantic Ocean. AQUATIC MICROBIAL ECOLOGY. Vol. 46 (1), pp. 43-53.
    • Pinhassi, J., Bowman, J. P., Nedashkovskaya, O. I., Lekunberri, I., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Pedrós-Alió, C. (2006). Leeuwenhoekiella blandensis sp. nov., a genome-sequenced marine member of the family Flavobacteriaceae. International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology. Vol. 56 (Pt 7), pp. 1489-93. PubMed Web Address
    • Pinhassi, J., Gomez-Consarnau, L., Alonso-Saez, L., Sala, M. M., Vidal, M., Pedros-Alio, C., Gasol, J. M. (2006). Seasonal changes in bacterioplankton nutrient limitation and their effects on bacterial community composition in the NW Mediterranean Sea. AQUATIC MICROBIAL ECOLOGY. Vol. 44 (3), pp. 241-252.