Characterizing plant-archaea interactions and determining their involvement in nitrogen availability in soils and increasing carbon capture
As some of the earliest and most resilient lifeforms on Earth, archaea are ubiquitous, diverse, and enigmatic in how much remains to be known of their existence and interactions with our world. One group of particular importance is ammonia oxidizing archaea, which are thought to significantly contribute to biogeochemical cycling, comprise approximately 1-5% of all prokaryotes in soils, and have indirect and broad interactions with a variety of organisms.
With a background in plant evolutionary ecology and environmental microbiology and as part of the Zhalnina group, I am using controlled laboratory ecosystems, synthetic biology, microscopy, comparative genomics, metabolomics, and transcriptome analysis to better understand the mechanisms by which archaea and plants interact and impact nitrogen and carbon cycling.
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