People

Lead Principal Investigator

Paul FalkowskiDr. Paul G. Falkowski, Distinguished Professor                                                                                                                                                      

room: 318D
e-mail: falko@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3426
Research Interests: Biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis, biological oceanography, molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics, physiological adaptation, plant physiology, evolution, mathematical modeling, symbiosis.


Faculty Members

Dr. Kay BidleDr. Kay Bidle, Professor

room: 305C
e-mail: bidle@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3467
Research Interests: Microbial ecology, phytoplankton physiology and mortality, virology, molecular evolution and ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem processes, the structure and function of microbial food webs; To elucidate, using molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, cellular strategies whereby phytoplankton and marine bacteria react to their changing environment (e.g. nutrient stress, blooms) and, in the process, shape ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemistry in the upper ocean.


Maxim GorbunovDr. Maxim Gorbunov, Associate Research Professor

room: 309A
e-mail: gorbunov@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3455
Research Interests: Biological oceanography, coral reefs, biophysics and physiology of photosynthesis, photoreceptors, benthic ecosystems, ocean optics, relationship between physical and biological processes in the ocean, global biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing.


Dr. Oscar SchofieldDr. Oscar Schofield, Distinguished Professor

room: 318C
e-mail: oscar@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3436
Research Interests: Phytoplankton ecology and physiology. Ocean technologies. Impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems.

 


Dr. Grace Saba, Assistant Research Professor

room: 316
e-mail: saba@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3466
Research Interests: Coastal marine organismal ecology and physiology, with emphasis on how organisms interact with their environment (physical-biological coupling) and other organisms (food web dynamics and predator-prey interactions), how physiological processes impact biogeochemistry (nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration), and how climate change (i.e., ocean acidification, warming) impacts these processes. DMCS Main website:  http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/grace-k-saba Lab website: http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/saba/home


Dr. Kimberlee ThamatrakolnDr. Kimberlee Thamatrakoln, Associate Research Professor

room: 305A
e-mail: thamat@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3464
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death in phytoplankton. Thamatrakoln Lab website.

 


Research Associates

Dr. Linda Godfrey, Research Associate

room: 205F
e-mail: godfrey@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3410
Research Interests: Evolution of the nitrogen cycle over geological time; light stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry; development of paired Hf-Nd isotopes as paleoceanographic tracers; hydrogeology and paleoclimate of the Atacama Desert and Southern Altiplano.


Post-doctoral Associates/Fellows

Dr. Karen Grace V. Bondoc, Post-doctoral Associate

room: 305A
e-mail: karen.bondoc@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3464
Research Interests:  Marine microbiology and oceanography, Behavioral ecology, Biophysics, R programming, Statistical modeling, Marine toxins, Harmful algal blooms, Marine invertebrate ecology, Science communication.


Dr. Adrienne Hoarfrost, Post-doctoral Associate

room: 205E
e-mail: adrienne.hoarfrost@marine.rutgers.edu
phone:
Research Interests: Microbial Biogeochemistry; Carbon Cycling; Machine Learning and Deep Learning Applications in Biology; Biological Data Science.


Dr. Bhanu Jagilinki, Post-doctoral Associate

room: 303B
e-mail: bhanu.jagilinki@rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3486
Research Interests: Metalloproteins, Iron-Sulphur Clusters, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology.


Dr. Andrew C. Mutter, Post-doctoral Associate

room:
e-mail: amutter00@gmail.com
phone: (845) 893-6127
Research Interests:  My research interests are in protein design and electron transfer in biological systems.  I work to make small model proteins that can be engineered to elucidate core design principles for complex biological processes.  My work will be aimed with the goal to understand the formation and evolution of metal centered electron transfer proteins.


Dr. Saroj Poudel, Post-doctoral Associate

room: 303A
e-mail: saroj.poudel@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3450
Research Interests: Metalloproteins, Molecular Evolution, Computational Biology, Microbiology.

 


Dr. Jennifer Timm, Post-doctoral Associate

room: 303F
e-mail: jennifer.timm@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3493
Research Interests: Metalloproteins, Molecular Evolution, Structure Biology.


Other Staff/Research Members

Beatrice Birrer, Senior Program Coordinator

room: 318
e-mail: bea@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3436

 


Liti HaramatyLiti Haramaty, Laboratory/Technical Researcher

room: 305A
e-mail: haramaty@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3464
Research Interests: Programmed Cell Death in phytoplankton and its role in bloom demise, and in response to stress and viral infection. Coral bleaching and response of corals and zooxanthellae to stress. The role of apoptosis in coral death after a bleaching event. Phytoplankton Screening for biological activity of novel natural products from marine organisms for potential drug use.


Kevin WymanKevin Wyman, Laboratory Researcher

room: 318E
e-mail: wyman@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3428
Research Interests: As Lab Manager, my research interest parallels those of the entire group. I help people in the group with technical support, procurement, proper maintenance and use of research instrumentation while also overseeing adherence to proper lab safety procedures.


Graduate Assistants/Students

Ananya AgarwalAnanya Agarwal, Graduate Student

room: 318B
e-mail: ananya.agarwal@rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3438
Research Interests:  Molecular biology, biofuels, photosynthesis, regulatory pathways in  phytoplankton

 


Kuan Yu Cheong, Graduate Student

room: 318A
e-mail:  kuan.yu.cheong@rutgers.edu  or kc702@rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3439 or 848-228-9516
Research Interests: The fatty acid composition, ultrastructure, and thermostability of thylakoid membranes in model eukaryotic algae

 


Austin Grubb, Graduate Student

room: 305D
e-mail: austin.grubb@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-6555
Research Interests:   interested in how biomineralization in phytoplankton, phytoplankton physiology, and how phytoplankton interact with their environment, other organisms, and each other.


Winnie Liu, Graduate Student

room: 318B
e-mail:  wl398@rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3438
Research Interests:  Photochemistry of minerals

 


Yonathan Sherman, Graduate Student

room: 318A
e-mail: sherman@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3439
Research Interests: Phytoplankton physiology and molecular biology


Christopher Johns, Graduate Student

Major: Biological Oceanography

room: 305D
e-mail:  cjohns89@marine.rutgers.edu
phone: (848) 932-3267
Research Interests: microbial ecology, virology, biogeochemistry, infochemical interactions, impacts of global warming on cell physiology


Undergraduate Assistants/Students

Nikki Chan, Undergraduate Student

Major: Biochemistry

e-mail: nwc18@scarletmail.rutgers.edu