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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Francois Thomas
Francois Thomas's photoFrancois Thomas
Guest Investigator
Biology

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3397
fthomas@whoi.edu
Building: Watson Building 205

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 52
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Education
  • 2005 Master of Engineering in Biosciences, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA, Lyon)
  • 2006 Biochemistry and Bio-engineering "Agrégation", Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, Cachan)
  • 2011 Ph.D. in Microbiology and Biochemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris 6)


Research interests
  • Understanding the influence of marine microorganisms on biogeochemical cycles and their responses to changing conditions
  • Functional analyses of microbial communities as well as cultivated strains
  • Transcriptomic and enzymatic characterization of metabolic pathways important in coastal ecosystems (eg. sulfur oxidation, organic matter degradation, etc.)


Current and previous projects
  • 2011-2012: Application of gas chromatography for the characterization of extracellular polymeric substances in coastal ecosystems. FRE3484 BioMEA, Université de Caen - Basse Normandie (here)
  • 2008-2011: Identification and characterization of the alginolytic system in the marine bacterium Zobellia galactanivorans. Marine Glycobiology Group, Station Biologique de Roscoff (here)
  • 2006-2008: Distant signaling in the brown algal kelp Laminaria digitata. Algal Defense Group, Station Biologique de Roscoff (here)
  • 2005: Identification of trophic interactions in estuarine food webs. Earth and Oceanic Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology (here)



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