Upcoming webinar reveals the secret life of microbes

by Aurelia Chaise

If you are interested in microorganisms and their role in the environment, keep reading! The webinar “The Secret Life of Microbes” will answer your questions.

Many microbial species remain undiscovered, but there is one group in particular which scientists know comparatively little about: the archaea. Their unique properties separate them from the other two domains of Bacteria and Eukaryota. However, classification is difficult since most have not been isolated in the laboratory and have only been detected by analysis of their nucleic acids in samples from their environment.

Questions about this exciting field of study are answered in a webinar by environmental microbiologist and Vice Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association’s Austrian Chapter, Dr Carolina Reyes. In her presentation on behalf of the MCAA she reveals how these fascinating microorganisms influence our lives while playing a vital role in the survival of our planet.

Dr Reyes’ postdoctoral research at the University of Vienna’s Department of Environmental Geosciences (EDGE) Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science focuses on understanding the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, including iron and copper cycles. Her current collaboration with EDGE’s Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division involves investigating how aerobic ammonia-oxidizing archaea isolated from soil environments acquire copper for their nitrogen metabolism.

She previously worked as a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Microbial Ecophysiology at the University of Bremen, Germany. Here her research concentrated on understanding the types of microorganisms involved in iron and nitrogen cycling in marine sediments and bacterial iron reduction and arsenic mobilisation.

When? The webinar will take place on 16 August, 2:00 pm GMT+2.

How to register? Register for the webinar by filling the online form.


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