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I am an International PhD candidate in the Oceanic Microbiology Group within the Plant Functional Biology & Climate Change Cluster (C3). I started my PhD at UTS in March 2015 investigating on ‘micro-scale measurements of marine microbial interactions with global-scale consequences’.
The goal of this project is to image and quantify the transfer of nitrogen, sulfur and carbon-based molecules from primary producers (phytoplankton) to heterotrophic bacteria, at the single-cell level. For this purpose, the most advanced single-cell image instrument, called nano-scale secondary-ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS), will be combined with in Situ Hybridization technique. The outcomes of this research will provide a link between bacteria’s metabolism with their identity enabling to discriminate the different contribution of distinct bacteria groups to the global marine biogeochemical cycles.
G. Corno, M. Coci, M. Giardina, S. Plechuk, F. Campanile and S. Stefani, Antibiotics promote aggregation within aquatic bacterial communities, Frontiers in Microbiology (2014) http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2014.00297/abstract