14 Jul 2015 Dr Matt Davey speaks at omics conference
Omics in extreme environments was the subject of a talk given recently by Dr Matt Davey on behalf of the EnAlgae project.
Dr Matthew Davey who is based within the University of Cambridge’s Plant Sciences department, spent the start of the year with the British Antarctica Survey at the Rothera Research Station. There, he was looking at the lipid productivity in algae which grows at extremely cold temperatures. The aim of his research is to characterise metabolic traits in polar photosynthetic organisms when grown in their natural habitat.
Some of the findings from his research he presented to colleagues at the recent International Environmental Omics Synthesis Conference held in St Andrews, Scotland.
Omics refers to the collective technologies used to explore the roles, relationships, and actions of the various types of molecules that make up the cells of an organism.
"Carrying out 'omic’ experiments in the comfort of your Cambridge lab can be hard at the best of times, but doing this level of research in remotest Antarctica imposes added complexities," said Dr Matt Davey. “Thankfully, working with the British Antarctic Survey makes the logistics of carrying out algal research in Antarctica much easier than expected.
“My talk highlighted the opportunities and challenges of carrying out such research to advance our knowledge of algal biology and innovation opportunities in such an environment. “