Patricia M Valdespino-Castillo
P. Valdespino research is focused on Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry. Her research interests lie in the understanding of Biogeochemical cycles in aquatic systems from molecular-cellular to ecosystem scales. She applies methods of Limnology, Oceanography and Geochemistry, as well as meta-omics and novel strategies of chemical imaging characterization to understand metabolic diversity, element/molecules fluxes and transformations. Her present research, performed at the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Program (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) is dedicated to understand the role microbes play in mineral formation and the microbial responses to environmental change through finding chemical biosignatures of their structural and functional biology.