My main research interests focus on the use of -omic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms behind environmental adaptation in cyanobacteria, fungi, and lichens. My PhD work centred around understanding the evolution of polar and alpine cyanobacteria, including genome level adaptations of cyanobacteria to extreme cold environments. During my postdoctoral work at the MBA I’ve used bioinformatics to explore spatial and temporal dynamics of marine fungal communities as part of the ERC project MYCO-CARB and carried out transcriptomic analysis of the aquatic chytrid fungus Rhizoclosmatium globosum. I’m currently working on transcriptomic approaches to investigate the molecular response of the marine lichen Lichina pygmaea to tidal cycles and am developing my own research exploring molecular aspects of the lichen symbiosis. I have a strong interest in science outreach, with a particular passion for engaging with the rock climbing and hillwalking community about lichen diversity and conservation.
Dr Nathan Chrismas
Postdoctoral Research Assistant