Laura Branscombe

Laura graduated from Plymouth University in 2016 with a 1st in BSc in Marine Biology. After graduation she completed a master’s course in Oldenburg, Germany. During her two years in Oldenburg, she has been able to focus her studies on marine microbiology.
She returned to Plymouth to undertake her PhD at the MBA in ‘Diatom-bacteria interactions: deciphering the impacts on algal bloom regulation and toxicity’. In her project she aims to characterise the key signalling pathway (the P-Ca2+ signalling pathway) involved in the diatom sensory system that enables diatoms to detect favourable conditions and adjust accordingly. This specific sensory system is linked to algal bloom formation (both harmful and otherwise).
She will work to define the molecular mechanisms involved in the diatom P-Ca2+ pathway, and how this signalling impacts diatom cell biology and ecology in the form of microbial interactions. This work will provide a deeper insight into the population dynamics and toxicity of the harmful algal bloom forming diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multiseries.

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