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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Laura R. Hmelo
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Research Interests

Biogeochemical processes asocciated with marine biofilms, in particular:
  • The significance of cell-cell communication (quorum sensing) in natural marine biofilms and the chemistry of specific quorum sensing signals, acylated homoserine lactones, in seawater.
  • The development of novel analytical techniques to isolate and identify communication signals present in environmental samples
Epibiont community interactions on phytoplankton, in particular, Trichodesmium species

The role of bacterial biofilms in the establishment of marine biofouling communities

Click here to read more about my research in my recent Oceanus article.


Education
Carleton College, B.A., Chemistry, 2002


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