Marcelino T Suzuki
I am from Brazil, where I obtained a degree in Oceanography from the Univ. do Rio Grande. I then finished a Masters and a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State Univ under the co-supervision of Ev and Barry Sherr and Steve Giovannoni working on the effects of protist bacterivory on bacterioplankton community structure. Next I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Inst. supervised by Ed DeLong on topics including the analysis of bacterioplankton (BP) diversity, the development of real-time PCR for genes and mRNAs, and BP metagenomics, and the biology of photoheterotrophs in the Ocean. I was hired as an Assistant Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Lab where I led research on the diversity, phylogeny and activity of BP, measurements of PB gene expression in situ biology and microbial processes leading to methylmercury production by bacteria.
Since May 2009, I am a Professor At the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls and the head of the Microbial Biodiversity and Biotechnology Unit and the Scientific advisor of the Bio2Mar platform of the OOB. I lead research on the biology of photoheterotrophs in the Ocean, and the ecology and genomics of, and the exploitation of, marine microorganisms for biotechnological purposes. My main interests are the connection betweem specific bacterioplankton activity and marine biogeochemical cycles, microbial biotechnology, the biology of photoheterotrophy, and chemical interactions of microbes in symbiosis.