Loles, aka Maria Dolores, is a visiting Ph.D. candidate from the University of Alicante (Spain), who studies viruses isolated from high-salinity environments through several -omics approaches. She joins our group for 3 months.
Amandeep is looking at how marine micro-organisms interact with each other, specifically studying relationships between phototrophs and heterotrophs by proteomics.
Matt is doing his third year project with Audam, and is focused on natural products discovery by studying marine bacteria.
Vinko is looking into (in progress).
Despoina is studying nutrient cycling between marine microbial phototrophs and bacteria in co-cultures, to better understand how micro-societies function and allow the discovery of new natural products.
Gabriel is looking into microbial communities that colonise micro-plastics, and how these plastispheres could be interacting with zooplankton.
Robyn is using artificial selection of whole microbial communities to determine whether we may be able to use them for the degradation of recalcitrant marine polymers.