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Biography

2018 - current     PhD in Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

2016 - 2018        MSc Functional Biology, University of Ghent, Belgium

2013 - 2016        BSc Biology, University of Ghent, Belgium

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Project name: Identifying the missing enzymes in the global nitrogen cycle

Description:

Archaea are microorganisms that were previously thought to only exist in extreme environments. In recent years, it has become clear that they can be found almost anywhere and play a major role in the Earth’s global geochemical cycles.

In the global biogeochemical nitrogen cycle, archaea along with bacteria oxidise ammonia to nitrite. Ammonia oxidising bacteria (AOB) have been studied for over 100 years while ammonia oxidising archaea (AOA) were only discovered about 20 years ago. The ammonia oxidation process causes major nitrogen fertiliser losses in agricultural systems which contributes to environmental pollution and climate change. To reduce these negative impacts a further understanding of this process is necessary.

My PhD project focusses on identifying and characterising the enzymes that catalyse ammonia oxidation in archaea. We use pure cultures of AOA, isolated by my supervisor Laura Lehtovirta-Morley, as model organisms to study archaeal ammonia oxidation.

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Ghent University

Sep 20164 Jul 2018

Award Date: 4 Jul 2018

Bachelor of Science, Ghent University

23 Sep 201329 Jun 2016

Award Date: 29 Jun 2016

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