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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Groups

Forest Ecology and Conservation 

Disease Dynamics Theme


Former Research Group

Ecosystems and Global Change


Research overview

My research is at the confluence of aquatic ecology, microbiology and biodiversity conservation. I am especially interested in the application of molecular tools to study all links of the aquatic food web from microbes to fish. I am currently working on an exciting project to establish community-led surveillance of wildlife health by screening animals and their pathogens for environmental DNA and RNA in natural waterways in Nunavik, Canada.


Previous positions

2015 - 2022     Research Scientist, Institute of Biophysics SB RAS, Russia
2015 - 2018     Guest researcher, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany



2015    Ph.D. in Hydrobiology, Siberian Federal University, Russia
2011    M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Siberian Federal University, Russia


Key publications

Neubauer, D., Kolmakova, O., Woodhouse, J., Taube, R., Mangelsdorf, K., Gladyshev, M., Premke, K., Grossart, H-P. 2021. Zooplankton carcasses stimulate microbial turnover of allochthonous particulate organic matter. The ISME Journal 15: 1735–1750.

Kolmakova, OV., Gladyshev, M.I., Fonvielle, J.A., Ganzert, L., Hornick, T., Grossart, H-P. 2019. Effects of zooplankton carcasses degradation on freshwater bacterial community composition and implications for carbon cycling. Environmental Microbiology 21 (1): 34-49.

Kolmakova, O.V., Gladyshev, M.I., Rozanov, A.S., Peltek, S.E., Trusova, M.Y. 2014. Spatial biodiversity of bacteria along the largest Arctic River determined by next-generation sequencing. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89 (2): 442-450.


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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Olesya Kolmakova

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,