Emma Bertran

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
Zhang Research Laboratory
Geochemistry
Phone: 
609-258-1000
Email Address: 
ebertran@princeton.edu
Assistant: 
Office Location: 
M39 Guyot Hall

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)

Position: Research Staff

Area(s): Geochemistry

Group: Zhang Research Laboratory

Research Summary: I am driven to better understand the co-evolution of microbial metabolisms and environmental conditions. This intimate relationship produces specific chemical signatures and enclose information on both modern and paleo-environments. The proper translation of these signatures into microbial and environmental information is a crucial yet challenging task. Because of the highly interdisciplinary nature of this research, I apply a wide range of tools. These include stable isotope geochemistry, environmental observations, hypothesis-driven pure culture microbial experiments, modeling of intracellular dynamics and how they relate to environmental conditions, and studies of key enzyme structure and dynamics.

I earned my Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University, and my MS and BS from McGill University.