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Dr. Yui Sato


Department of Symbiosis

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen




+49 421 2028-8240

Dr. Yui Sato

Research interests

Joined the Department of Symbiosis in October 2016, Sato is investigating the evolutionary linkage between the host and chemosynthetic symbionts in the gutless oligochaetes using next-generation sequencing and population genomics. His previous studies addressed the mechanism of coral disease and coral reef ecology.


Sato Y, Wippler J, Wentrup C, Ansorge R, Sadowski M, Gruber-Vodicka HR, Dubilier N, Kleiner M (2021) Fidelity varies in the symbiosis between a gutless marine worm and its microbial consortium. bioRxiv

Mankowski A, Kleiner M, Erséus C, Nikolaus Leisch N, Sato Y, Volland JM, Hüttel B, Wentrup C, Woyke T, Wippler J, Dubilier N, Gruber-Vodicka HR (2021) Highly variable fidelity drives symbiont community composition in an obligate symbiosis. bioRxiv

Uecker M, Ansorge R, Sato Y, Sayavedra L, Breusing C, Dubilier N (2021) Deep-sea mussels from a hybrid zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge host genetically indistinguishable symbionts. The ISME Journal, in press.

Sato Y, Wippler J, Wentrup C, Woyke T, Dubilier N, Kleiner M (2020) High-quality draft genomes of the uncultured Delta3 endosymbiont (Deltaproteobacteria) assembled from metagenomes of the gutless marine worm Olavius algarvensis. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9: e00704-20.

Sato Y, Wippler J, Wentrup C, Dubilier N, Kleiner M (2020). High-Quality Draft Genome Sequences of Two Deltaproteobacterial Endosymbionts, Delta1a and Delta1b, from the Uncultured Sva0081 Clade, Assembled from Metagenomes of the Gutless Marine Worm Olavius algarvensis. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9: e00276-00220.

Buerger P, Weynberg KD, Wood-Charlson EM, Sato Y , Willis BL, van Oppen MJH (2019) Novel T4 bacteriophages associated with black band disease in corals. Environmental Microbiology 21: 1969-1979.

Sato Y , Bell S, Nichols C, Fry K, Menéndez P, Bourne DG (2018) Early-phase dynamics in coral recovery following cyclone disturbance on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs 37: 431-443

Torda G, Sambrook K, Cross P, Sato Y ,  Bourne D, Lukoschek V, Hill T, Torras Jorda G, Moya A, Willis B (2018) Decadal erosion of coral assemblages by multiple disturbances in the Palm Islands, central Great Barrier reef. Scientific Reports 8: 11885.

Chen CCM, Bourne DG, Drovandi C, Mengersen K, Sato Y (2017) Modeling environmental drivers of black band disease outbreaks in populations of foliated corals in the genus Montipora . PeerJ 5: e3438.

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 integrated genomics. Scientific Reports 7: 40455.

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 .

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sato Y , Bourne DG, Willis BL (2009) Dynamics of six 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. 

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 Management Program, Currie Communications.

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