Title: Graduate Student
Group: Ward Research Laboratory
Research Summary: Cyanobacteria, including the ubiquitous species Synechococcus, play an essential role in the ocean’s primary productivity. Current methods for determining microbial growth rate require time-intensive experiments in the laboratory and are difficult to utilize in the natural environment. Consequently, my research focuses on applying a novel genome-based method for calculating growth rate (iRep or index of replication) on synchronous cultures of Synechococcus cells. Skills involved in this work include: cell culturing, gel electrophoresis, fluorometry, flow cytometry (FCM), and DNA extraction & analysis.
Keywords: biological oceanography, microbiology, cyanobacteria