Title: Graduate Student
Group: Ward Research Laboratory
Research Summary: I am interested in exploring unexpected microbes in certain environment. An example is the detection of nitrite oxidizers (previously known as aerobes) in oxygen minimum zones (anoxic environments). I perform stable isotope incubation experiments to determine nitrite oxidation rate and study its substrate kinetics. I also use metagenomics to characterize novel nitrite oxidizing microbes from anoxic seawaters. These studies could unravel mysteries in environmental microbiology and help us better understand biogeochemistry mediated by microbes.
Keywords: environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry, metagenomics, nitrogen cycle