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Principal Investigator: Prof. Cecile Gubry-Rangin
(Royal Society University Research Fellow)

I enjoy working on ecology and evolution of microbes because of the nice mix of theory, experimental molecular and genomic work and diverse field work it involves! In brief, I love my work and also enjoy having a good balance with personal life (family and outdoors for me)!


Dr Alaster Moffat
(Royal Society-funded postdoc)

I am a microbiologist with expertise spanning molecular biology, chemistry, and bioinformatics.  I am studying the processes that govern microbial community assembly under environmental  change, using bioinformatic pipelines.

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Dr Lisa Cole  
(Daphne Jackson-funded postdoc)
(PIs: Ashish Malik, Justin Travis, Cecile Gubry-Rangin)

I am interested in how global change impacts upon soil biodiversity and function and aim to understand how agricultural practices affect the soil microbiome and soil's ability to sequester carbon. My research highlights how soil management could help mitigate climate change and promote more sustainable and productive agriculture.

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Dr Xiaoping Fan  
(Novonordisk Foundation-funded postdoc)

My research focus on the ecological processes regulating Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI) in a large range of wheat cultivars. I am employed within a large Consortium of scientists from Denmark and UK.


Dr Nasrollah Sepehrnia
(Marie Skłodowska-Curie-funded postdoc)
(PIs: Paul Hallett, Yukie Tanino, Cecile Gubry-Rangin)

I am a soil physicist with research spanning into microbiology. The focus of my research has been on bacterial transport in soil, using a range of approaches and modelling to explore the impacts of water repellency.


Miss Rachel Callaghan
(Royal Society-funded PhD student)
(PIs: Cecile Gubry-Rangin, Tom Vogwill)

With a background in Chemistry and Biochemistry, I have just embarked on a PhD project focused on studying Thaumarchaeota using comparative genomics and experimental evolution.


Miss Catriona Mann 
(SUPER DTP-funded PhD student)
(PIs: Cecile Gubry-Rangin, Ted Henry, Kara Layton)

With a background in conservation biology, I am now interested in the effect of environmental change on host species and their microbiome. To study this, I am using sponges as model species to understand the links between microbial community change and sponge health.


Mr Dylan Bodington
(Royal Society- funded PhD student)
(PIs: Cecile Gubry-Rangin, Lesley Lancaster)

I am interested in microbial adpatation in diverse envionments, and more specifically in mechanims of niche specialisation. My current focus is on using bioinformatic analysis to explore the microbiome of sponge species.


Mr Jack Henderson
(EastBio DTP-funded PhD student)

The current focus of my PhD project is the discovery and characterisation of Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI) activity in barley, as well as investigation of microbial response to BNI. My work is highly interdisciplinary, combining elements of microbiology, chemistry, and plant sciences.


Mr Kyle Lowry
(Quadrat DTP- funded PhD student)
(PIs: Julianne Megaw, Cecile Gubry-Rangin, Bobby Graham)

The aim of my PhD project is to determine ecological and physiological mechanisms underlying the ecological distribution  of several haloarchaea in their saline environment. 


Miss Anastasia Leligdowicz
(EastBio DTP-funded PhD student)
(PI: Marius Wenzel, Cecile Gubry-Rangin)

I am a graduate from Queen Mary University of London, with a BSc Honours in Biology.  In my PhD, I am using epigenetics (changes in gene expression) and functional genomics (assigning function to genes) to understand the learning and memory of a single-celled brainless blob, the slime mould Physarum polycephalum.


Mr David Coutts
(University of Aberdeen technician)

I am core technician in the laboratory and I take care of daily chores, while providing support to the group. I also maintain and preserve our collection of nitrifying bacteria and archaea.

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Miss Manasa Suresh
(University of Aberdeen MSc student)

I am а MSc student, with a great interest in microbial ecology. I am working on the influence of latitudinal gradient on bacterial adaptation.

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