Nicole J. Poulton

Nicole J. Poulton


Education BS Biology & BA Chemistry, Virginia Tech, USA Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Scientific Interest and Avenues for Collaboration I am a Research Scientist and Director of the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. I am also an active researcher and collaborator within the Single Cell Genomics Center (SCGC), at Bigelow Laboratory. My research uses flow and imaging cytometry to identify and examine both bacteria and phytoplankton from natural environments. I work with samples from many environments, ranging from lakes and oceans, to hyper-saline ponds, oceanic sediments, and mineral rich hot springs. The Facility is very involved in many ongoing research projects within the academic community and industry, including many that are focused on exploring ‘microbial dark matter.’ Microbial dark matter is a term used to describe microbes that are currently uncultivable and are unable to be studied using traditional laboratory techniques. Since 60% of the global carbon biomass is microbial, the MacIsaac Facility uses flow cytometric techniques and single cell isolation to examine and describe new microbe. My research spans the globe in order to determine the role oceanic single-cell organisms play in the global carbon cycle. I also educate cytometrists, students, and commercial entities interested in learning aquatic cytometric techniques.

Participation/Support of ISAC CYTO 2015: Poster Title – Flow cytometric analysis of protozoan grazing on marine cyanobacteria: Bulk and single cell sorting tools to determine the molecular diversity of grazers. CYTO 2016

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