Matthew Neave, Postdoctoral Fellow2012 - Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint appointment between KAUST (Chris Voolstra laboratory) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ph.D., Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 2011.
B.Sc. (Hons), Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 2007.
B.Sc., Deakin University, Warrnambool, Australia, 2006.
Matt is a joint postdoctoral fellow with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA, and the Red Sea Research Centre here at KAUST. His research involves using genomic sequencing, microscopy techniques and metabolomic profiling to understand the functional role of the symbiotic bacterial genus Endozoicomonas. These bacteria have been associated with soft and hard corals from the Mediterranean and Red Seas and reef-building corals from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Understanding these associations will provide information about the ecology of the hosts and how host-microbial complexes respond to environmental change.
Carolyn Miller, Post-doctoral ScholarPosition: 2013 - present, Post-doctoral Scholar (also working with Mark Baumgartner and Ben Van Mooy)
Ph.D., Boston University, Biology, 2006.
B.S., Wellesley College, Biological Sciences with Africana Studies, 1994.
Carolyn is in interested in the role of microbial communities in the health of marine mammals. She is currently researching the gut microbiome of the Bowheaded whale. She seeks to understand the biogeography of their gut, and the role of microbes in helping maintain the fat reserves that are needed for theirmigration, reproduction and during periods of limited prey availability.
Laura Weber, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student
B.S., University of Maryland, 2012.
Laura has been a Research Assistant in the lab, and is joining the the MIT-WHOI Joint Graduate School Program in Oceanography in June, 2014. Laura is interested in coral-associated microorgansims, and especially the role of the mucus layer in attracting microbes to corals. When Laura isn’t reading research articles or centrifuging samples, she plays the violin/ viola, sings, cooks, bakes, hikes, sketches, volunteers at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as an exhibit guide, and scuba-dives.
Sean McNally, Guest InvestigatorEducation:
B.S., University of Rhode Island, 2013
Sean has spent the past summer at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) on a BIOS/WHOI collaborative study with Rachel Parsons. Sean seeks to develop a quantitative understanding of the relationship between coral colonies and microbial communities within the overlying water, coral mucus, and coral tissues.
Caterina Brighi, Undergraduate Summer Student FellowEducation:
MSci, Imperial College London, Chemistry with Molecular Physics, 2015 (present)
Caterina has joined the lab as a WHOI Summer Student Fellow in June 2014 and is working on a research project jointly with Colleen Hansel. Caterina is interested in the study of reactive oxygen species that are produced by a microscopic symbiotic algae, Symbiodinium, associated with the coral, which are thought responsible for the phenomenon of coral bleaching. In particular, she seeks to understand how changing environmental conditions influence superoxide production by Symbiodinium.
Evan Denmark, Guest Student
Education: B.S., MIT, Computer Science and Molecular Biology, 2017
Evan joined the lab in June 2014 as a Guest Student and will be working on a bioinformatics project throughout the summer. Evan is creating a coral-microbial database that will facilitate global comparisons of coral-microbes. In this way, he seeks to find the critical microbial community members that promote the survival of corals.