First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Applied Science (Molecular Biotechnology), University of Otago, New Zealand (2009-2012).
'Synthetic Ecology' is an emerging field with huge potential. It is a branch of synthetic biology concentrating on engineering/designing symbiotic interactions between organisms. Applications benefitting off this technology are vast and research will directly affect medical, biopharmeutical, bioenergy, bioremediation and even agricultural industries.
In particular, I am interested in establishing 'proof of concept' consortiums which will aid in providing renewable sources of fixed nitrogen for microalgae. Additional benefits of designing synthetic consortiums in algae technology include maximising productivity of growth, protection from pathogenic contaminants, reduced nutrient inputs (i.e. vitamin B12 and nitrogen) and increased strain stability. I am also interested using synthetic ecology to understand the evolutionary dynamics between symbiotic organisms and how these populations evolve to be stable in spite of competing 'selfish' organisms.
The People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n° 317184.