Dr Amy Kirkham
ERC-funded Research Technician
I started using molecular methods to study environmentally significant microorganisms with my Ph.D. in Dave Scanlan's laboratory at the University of Warwick. In this work, I used DNA-based techniques to examine the global distribution patterns of classes of the smallest-sized marine algae who are responsible for a significant proportion of the world's carbon fixation. On completing this at the end of 2009, I went on to spend a year in the laboratory of Dr Isabelle Domaizon at the French National Institute for Agronomic Research station on Lake Geneva where I worked on DNA preserved in Lake sediments to reconstruct historical populations of diatoms, a diverse class of algae that are abundant in all aquatic environments. I went on to work with Professor Thomas Mock at UEA and Dr Angela Falciatore at University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris on functional genetics of model diatoms. These experiences have equipped me with a range of skills in microbe cultivation, genetic manipulation and molecular techniques that will help me support the work of staff and students in Dr Lehtovirta-Morley's laboratory.