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My research focuses on the interaction of coral reef invertebrates, such as sponges, and their microbial symbionts.

I finished my PhD in 2020 at the James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Webster and Prof. David Bourne. My PhD research focused on the identification of microbial indicators of coral reef health.

Since October 2020 I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna. My current project focuses on the interactions of microbial symbionts with tropical coral reef sponges. The project is funded by the FWF Hertha-Firnberg Fellowship. 

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Recent Research Highlights


New Pre-Print available on BioRxiv

Novel nitrifying symbiont lineages are vertically inherited and widespread in marine sponges

GRS and GRC Animal-Microbe Symbiosis

Besides celebrating my birthday at this wonderful conference, my poster was also awarded a Best Poster Award (2nd place) at the GRS.


Sponge collection December 2022

Field trip to Townsville (Australia)

Invited Speaker at ISME18

I presented my latest research on ammonia-oxidizing archaea in marine sponges at the ISME18 in Lausanne.


Speaker at the World Sponge Symposium in Leiden (Netherlands) 

Oral talk at the beautiful Naturalis in Leiden

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