Structure elucidation of natural products inducing morphogenesis in marine organisms and analysis of their biosynthesis
This project focuses on the chemical analysis of interkingdom interactions and the identification of key secondary metabolites involved in the communication process. Similar to many benthic marine invertebrate populations, free-swimming Hydractinia larvae recognize natural products secreted by surface-bound bacteria to settle and metamorphose into the sessile life form. However the structures of bacterial-derived settling cues are mostly unknown.
Start of PhD
July 1, 2018