The Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering




  • G. Torda, J.M. Donelson, M. Aranda, D.J. Barshis, L. Bay, M.L. Berumen, D.G. Bourne, N. Cantin, S. Foret, M. Matz, D.J. Miller, A. Moya, H.M. Putnam, T. Ravasi,  M.J.H. van Oppen, R. Vega Thurber, J. Vidal-Dupiol, C.R. Voolstra, S. Watson, E. Whitelaw, B.L. Willis & P.L. Munday (2017). “Rapid adaptive responses to climate change in corals”. Nature Climate Change 7, 627–636  doi:10.1038/nclimate3374
  • J.D. Brüwer, S. Agrawal, Y. J. Liew, M. Aranda and C.R. Voolstra (2017). “Association of coral algal symbionts with a diverse viral community responsive to heat shock”. BMC Microbiology 17:174 
  • Rädecker, C. Pogoreutz, M. Ziegler, et al. (2017). "Assessing the effects of iron enrichment across holobiont compartments reveals reduced microbial nitrogen fixation in the Red Sea coral Pocillopora verrucosa". Ecol Evol. 2017;00:1–8.
  • X. Wang, Y. J. Liew, Y. Li, D. Zoccola, S. Tambutte, and M. Aranda, (2017). “Draft genomes of the corallimorpharians Amplexidiscus fenestrafer and Discosoma sp.” Molecular Ecology Resources. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12680
  • M. Herrera, M. Ziegler, C. Voolstra, M. Aranda (2017). "Laboratory-cultured strains of the sea anemone Exaiptasia reveal distinct bacterial communities". Frontiers in Marine Science 4:115 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00115
  • C. Voolstra , J. Lopez , G. Woerheide , M. Adamski , S. Agrawal , A. Antunes , M. Aranda , A. Baxevanis , M. Blaxter , T. Bosch , H. Bracken-Grissom , J. Coddington , T. Collins , K. Crandall , M. Dahl , D. Distel , C. Dunn , M. Eitel , J.F Flot , G. G. , F. Ghiselli , S. Haddock, K. Kocot , Y. L. , A. Majeske , B. Misof , C. Mungall , S. O'Brien , T. Ravasi , M. Freitas Rebelo , A. Riesgo , C. Schnitzler , A. Schulze , B. Swalla , D. Tagu , R. Toonen , M. Uliano da Silva , S. Vargas , X. Zhou (2017). “Advancing Genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA)”. Invertebrate Systematics 2017, 31, 1–7 doi:10.1071/IS16059_AC
  • Y. J. Liew, Y. Li, S. Baumgarten, C. R. Voolstra, M. Aranda (2017). “Condition-specific RNA editing in the coral symbiont Symbiodinium microadriaticum”. Plos Genetics 13(2): e1006619. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006619
  • J. D. DiBattista, P. Saenz-Agudelo, M. J. Piatek, X. Wang, M. Aranda, and M. L. Berumen (2017). “Using a butterflyfish genome as a general tool for RAD-Seq studies in specialized reef fish”. Molecular Ecology Resources doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12662


  • M. Aranda#, Y. Li, Y. J. Liew, S. Baumgarten, O. Simakov, M. C. Wilson, J. Piel, H. Ashoor, S. Bougouffa, V. B. Bajic, T. Ryu, T. Ravasi, T. Bayer, G. Micklem, H. Kim, J. Bhak, T. C. LaJeunesse & C. R. Voolstra# (2016). “Genomes of coral dinoflagellate symbionts highlight evolutionary adaptations conducive to a symbiotic lifestyle”. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 39734 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep39734
  • Y. J. Liew, M. Aranda#, C. R. Voolstra# (2016). “Reefgenomics.Org - a repository for marine genomics data”. Database 2016; 2016 (0): baw152. doi: 10.1093/database/baw152
  • T. Röthig, R.M. Costa, F. Simona, S. Baumgarten, A.F. Torres, A. Radhakrishnan, M. Aranda and C.R. Voolstra (2016). “Distinct Bacterial Communities Associated with the Coral Model Aiptasia in Aposymbiotic and Symbiotic States with Symbiodinium”. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:234. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00234
  • J.D., DiBattista, X., Wang, P., Saenz-Agudelo, M.J., Piatek, M. Aranda, and M.L. Berumen, (2016), Draft genome of an iconic Red Sea reef fish, the blacktail butterflyfish (Chaetodon austriacus): current status and its characteristics. Molecular Ecology Resources doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12588
  • D. Bhattacharya, S. Agrawal, M. Aranda, S. Baumgarten, M. Belcaid, J.L. Drake, D. Erwin, S. Foret, R.D. Gates, D.F. Gruber, B. Hanna, M.P. Lesser, O. Levy, Y.J. Liew, M. MacManes, T. Mass, M. Medina, S. Mehr, E. Meyer, D.C. Price, H.M. Putnam, H. Qiu, C. Shinzato, E. Shoguchi, A.J. Stokes, S. Tambutté, D. Tchernov, C.R. Voolstra, N. Wagner, C.W. Walker, A.P.M. Weber, V. Weiss, E. Zelzion, D. Zoccola and P.G. Falkowski (2016). “Comparative genomics explains the evolutionary success of reef-forming corals”. eLife 2016;5:e13288
  • Y.J. Liew, T. Ryu, M. Aranda# and T. Ravasi# (2016). "miRNA repertoires of demosponges Stylissa carteri and Xestospongia testudinaria". PlosOne 11(2): e0149080. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149080
  • T. Ryu, A. Haywood, E. Giles, F. Lafi, H. Marvromatis, L. Seridi, L. Silva, M.A. Alzahrani, M. Kupresanin, M. Oates, R. Sougrat, S. Baumgarten, S. Foret, X. Wang, X. Gao, Y. Ghoseh, Y.J. Liew, C.M. Schunter, M. Berumen, M. Aranda, J. Gough, C.R. Voolstra, U. Hentschel and T. Ravasi (2016). "Hologenome analysis of two marine sponges reveals coevolution of host and symbionts". BMC Genomics 2016;17:158. doi:10.1186/s12864-016-2501-0


  • S. Baumgarten, O. Simakov, L. Y. Esherick, Y. J. Liew, E. M. Lehnert, C. T. Michell, Y. Li, E. A. Hambleton, A. Guse, M. E. Oates, J. Gough, V. M. Weis, M. Aranda, J. R. Pringle, and C. R. Voolstra (2015). “The genome of Aiptasia, a sea anemone model for coral symbiosis”. PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1513318112
  • C. Roder, T. Bayer, M. Aranda, M. Kruse, C. R. Voolstra (2015). “Microbiome structure of the fungid coral Ctenactis echinata aligns with environmental differences”. Molecular Ecology DOI:10.1111/mec.13251
  • D. Zoccola, P. Ganot, A. Bertucci, N. Caminiti-Segonds, N. Techer, C. R. Voolstra, M. Aranda, E. Tambutté, D. Allemand, J. R. Casey, S. Tambutté (2015). "Bicarbonate transporters in corals point towards a key step in the evolution of cnidarian calcification" Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9983 doi:10.1038/srep09983


  • P. Ganot, D. Zoccola, E. Tambutté, C.R. Voolstra, M. Aranda, D. Allemand, S. Tambutté (2014). “Structural molecular components of Septate Junctions in cnidarians point to the origin of epithelial junctions in Eukaryotes”. Mol Biol Evol 32 (1): 44-62. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msu265
  • Y. J. Liew, M. Aranda, A. Carr, S. Baumgarten, D. Zoccola, S. Tambutté, D. Allemand, G. Micklem, C. R. Voolstra (2014). “Identification of microRNAs in the coral Stylophora pistillata”. PLoS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0091101


  • S. Baumgarten, T. Bayer, M. Aranda, Y.J. Liew, A. Carr, G. Micklem, C.R. Voolstra (2013). “Integrating microRNA and mRNA expression profiling in Symbiodinium microadriaticum, a dinoflagellate symbiont of reef-building corals”. BMC Genomics 14, 704 !Highly accessed!
  • C. Roder, C. Arif, T. Bayer, M. Aranda, C. Daniels, A. Shibl, S. Chavanich and C. R. Voolstra (2013).”Bacterial profiling of White Plague Disease in a comparative coral species framework”. ISME DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2013.127
  • T. Bayer, M. J. Neave, A. Alsheikh-Hussain, M. Aranda, L. K. Yum, T. Mincer, K. Hughen, A. Apprill, C. R. Voolstra (2013). “The microbiome of the Red Sea coral Stylophora pistillata is dominated by tissue-associated Endozoicomonas bacteria”. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. DOI:10.1128/AEM.00695-13
  • C. Jessen, J.F. Villa Lizcano, T. Bayer, C. Roder, M. Aranda, C. Wild, C.R. Voolstra (2013). “In-situ Effects of Eutrophication and Overfishing on Physiology and Bacterial Diversity of the Red Sea Coral Acropora hemprichii”. PLoS ONE 8(4):e62091. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0062091
  • T. Bayer, C. Arif, C. Ferrier-Pagès, D. Zoccola, M. Aranda, C.R. Voolstra (2013). “Bacteria of the genus Endozoicomonas dominate the microbiome of the Mediterranean gorgonian coral Eunicella cavolini”. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 479:75-84. DOI:10.3354/meps10197