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Dr Romy Chakraborty received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeleyin Microbiology. Her background is in anaerobic microbial physiology and microbialecology. Her lab is interested in:
Marcus Schicklberger (Post Doctoral Researcher)
Project: Optimizing plant-microbe interactions for sustainable supply of nitrogen for bioenergy crops
The ultimate goal of this project is to develop eco-friendly economically sustainable bioenergy crops in the future by decreasing their dependency on fertilizer use.
Nitrogen (N) is an essential component of DNA and proteins and consequently, a key element for life and cell development. Mineral N is often limited in plants, which negatively affects plant growth and hence biomass yields. In natural ecosystems, microbes play a fundamental role in producing bioavailable N for plants. The plant rhizosphere, for example, contains diazotrophic (N-fixing) bacteria without the requirement of forming mutualistic association with a plant host. Recently, diazotrophic endophytic bacteria colonizing roots, stems and leaves in several non-legume plants, have been identified. To better understand and optimize interactions between bioenergy crops and diazotrophic endophytes, my project incorporates a two-tiered scientific approach: identification and isolation of diazotrophic endophytes as well as discovery of new principles and molecular mechanisms in plant-microbe interactions.
- 2013- now Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chakraborty laboratory at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA).
- 10-2009 to 7-2012: PhD Student in Microbiology in the Gescher laboratory at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
- 7-2008 to 9-2008: Visiting Student Researcher in the Spormann laboratory at Stanford University (USA)
- 10-2004 to 7-2008: Diploma Student in Biochemistry and Microbiology in the Gescher laboratory at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg i. Br. (Germany)
- 10-2001 to 9-2004: Undergraduate Student at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg (Germany)
Angelica Pettenato (Research Assistant)
Angelica Pettenato has been working as a research assistant under Romy Chakraborty since 2011. She currently works on characterization of anaerobic environmental microbes from Oakridge FRC as part of the ENIGMA project and Alaskan permafrost as a part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) project. Her previous projects in the lab has included oil bioremediation in the Gulf of Mexico and bacteria-algae interactions in Northern California’s Eel River. She began working at Berkeley Lab in 2010 while studying Environmental Earth Science at UC Berkeley.
Bryson Cwick (Student Research Assistant)
I work primarily on the Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies (ENIGMA) project. I work to isolate aerobic and anaerobic bacteria for DNA extraction and sequencing. I also have worked on peatland project (Indonesia), involving methane respiring bacteria.
September 2011 to present: Undergraduate student at University Of California, Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology: Neuroscience.
June to August 2012: Internship under Dr. Winter at the Alpine Orthopedic Medical Center, Surgery Center, and Dameron Hospital.
September 2013 to present: Research Assistant in the Chakraborty Lab at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Undergraduate Research Interns:
Julia Lima Perim
Jiawen Huang (Research Associate, currently Boston University)
Bolkvadze (Visiting Scholar, ELIAVA, Georgia)
Shailendra MIshra (Visiting student, NUS, Singapore)
Paul Felix (TTE-REU Intern, currently, U C Berkeley)
Keith Bouma-Gregson (Graduate student, U C Berkeley)