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Dr. Yui Sato


Department of Symbiosis

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen




+49 421 2028-824

Dr. Yui Sato

Research interests

Joined in the Department of Symbiosis in October 2016, Sato is investigating the evolutionary linkage between the host and its symbionts in the gutless worms Olavius spp. using next-generation sequencing and population genomics.


1.Sato Y, Ling E, Turaev D, Laffy P, Weynberg K, Rattei T, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2017) Unraveling the microbial processes of black band disease in corals through integrated genomics. Scientific Reports 7:40455

2.Sato Y (2016) Infectious diseases in corals: Importance of holistic approaches to understanding coral disease aetiologies using black band disease as a case study. Invited contribution to Biological Sciences (生物科学) 68: 30-40 (In Japanese).

3.Wada N, Mano N, Nakamura R, Sato Y, Kawamoto T (2016): Application of a novel cryosectioning technique to undecalcified coral specimens. Marine Biology 163: 117.

4.Sato Y, Civiello M, Bell S, Bourne DG, Willis BL (2015) Review: Integrated approach to understanding the etiology of black band disease in corals. Environmental Microbiology 18: 752-765.

5.Sato Y, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2013) Pyrosequencing-based profiling of archaeal and bacterial 16S rRNA genes identifies a novel archaeon associated with black band disease in corals. Environmental Microbiology 15:2994-3007.

6.Bourne DG, van der Zee MJJ, Botté ES, Sato Y (2013) Sulfur-oxidising bacterial populations within cyanobacterial dominated coral disease lesions. Environmental Microbiology Reports 5: 518-524.

7.Glas MS, Sato Y, Ulstrup KE, Bourne DG (2012) Biogeochemical conditions determine virulence of black band disease in corals. The ISME Journal 6:1526-1534.

8.Sato Y, Bourne DG, Willis LB (2011) Effects of temperature and light on the progression of black band disease of the reef coral, Montipora hispida. Coral Reefs 30: 753-761.

9.Bourne DG, Muirhead A, Sato Y (2011) Changes in sulfate reducing bacterial populations during the onset of black band disease. The ISME Journal 5: 559-564.

10.Sato Y, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2010) Successional changes in bacterial communities during the development of black band disease on the reef coral, Montipora hispida. The ISME Journal 4: 203-214 (Recommended for a research highlight in Nature Reviews Microbiology by the editor).

11.Glas MS, Motti CA, Negri A, Sato Y, Froscio S, Humpage AR, Krock B, Cembella A, Bourne DG (2010) Cyanotoxins play no role in the etiology of coral black band disease outbreaks on Pelorus Island, Great Barrier Reef. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 73: 43-54.

12.Sato Y, Bourne DG, Willis BL (2009) Dynamics of seasonal outbreaks of black band disease in an assemblage of Montipora species at Pelorus Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276: 2795-2803 (Featured in ABC Online Science News:

13.Raymundo, L, Couch, CS, Bruckner, AW, Harvell, CD, Work, TM, Weil, E, Woodley, CM, Jordan-Dahlgren, E, Willis, BL, Sato Y, and Aeby, GS, Coral Disease Handbook: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring & Management, ed. Raymundo, L, Couch, CS, and Harvell, CD. 2008, Melbourne: Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management Program, Currie Communications.

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