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MEET THE TEAM

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MIKE ALLEN

'My blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development.'

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OUR TEAM

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Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter, a Merit Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University.

Mike leads the team, primarily based at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory in Devon, UK.

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PAUL ROOKS

'I am Mike's senior minion and an algae molecular biochemist meaning I love DNA and algae! It is during winter that I love the beaches the most; the empty eerie look of the ocean but on closer inspection, full of life. I think that algae is awesome as they are so diverse and beautiful - my favourite is Rhodamonas reticulata because it looks like it is wearing a woolly jumper! I think algae are amazing as they are relatively simple to genetically modify so they can produce lots of useful things like: oil, biofuels, fishfood and even a replacement for fish oil tablets!'

TRACY BEACHAM

'I love science communication and believe it is really important to share science with others to inspire behaviour changes and conserve our oceans.

I am the team's go-to outreach guru, working with local communities, universities and organisations to share our research with people all over the world..'

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CHRIS EVANS

'I love the sea whether I'm studying the invisible biology of it or kayaking on top of it. When I'm not at sea, I'm usually in land climbing up walls and enjoying the outdoors!

 

I am the team's AFM (atomic force microscopy) wizard.  I use the magic of AFM to feel how things look which is pretty cool!'

AMY PILSBURY

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JAMES SMITH

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'I fell in love with microalgae as soon as I knew of their existence. I worked with multiple strains of microalgae on multiple projects for the last 8 years improving my analytical, molecular biology and biochemistry skills. I'm convinced that several microalgae applications will impact everyone's lives very soon!!'

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GINO SCHIANO DI VISCONTE

VICTORIA JACKSON

‘I’m based at the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute where I study Arctic Ocean microalgae. I use molecular approaches to look at microalgal community structure and genomics. I’m currently sequencing lots of strains of an Arctic microalga using a MinION sequencer, and assembling their genomes for a pan-genomics project. I became fascinated with microalgae when studying marine biology as an undergraduate, and am particularly interested in how molecular biology approaches can be used to better understand, monitor and characterise marine microalgae.’

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'I’m George, a University of Bristol PhD student supervised by Prof David Stephens alongside Mike as part of the SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership. My project investigates the extracellular matrix (ECM) – the scaffold which holds our bodies together. Atomic force microscopy at PML and other high resolution imaging methods will be used to determine the structure of the ECM when secretory pathway and circadian clock proteins are perturbed. '

GEORGE THOMPSON

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HUGO WINKFIELD

'Hi, I'm Hugo. I work at the Zimbabwean Agricultural Research Trust (ART Farm). My job here is focused on regenerative agriculture, to support its uptake into commercial farming in Zimbabwe. Many commercial food producers here are beginning to use RegenAg for economic reasons: fewer usage of the particularly expensive fertilisers and pest control here, less risk in an unstable economy, and even higher yields. The principles center on soil health to achieve these benefits, and fantastic results have been seen elsewhere in the world. ART Farm is a nationally influential site - the ideal place to test and demonstrate the application of regenerative agriculture.'

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NAOMI BLACKMORE

'I am an intern working with Felix and Mike, loving the algae. I work remotely on literature review projects.

 

I am a student of conservation biology at Plymouth University. I'm interested in all facets of environmental science.'

FRIENDS OF BLUEMICROBE

 

As a team, we enjoy working with others and are always welcoming to visiting researchers and students. 

We’ve worked with some great people over the years and had a lot of fun in the process.! We are notoriously bad at taking photos though, so if you have any you want to share, send them to Mike and we’ll get them uploaded!

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