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Nicole J. Poulton

Nicole J. Poulton

Director, J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry

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 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 natural communities, 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 Facility uses flow cytometric techniques and single cell isolation to examine and describe new microbes. 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 and environmental flow cytometric techniques.

Participation/Support of ISAC

  • Member ISAC Fundraising Task Force (co-chair)
  • First Time Attendee: CYTO2015
  • Attendee CYTO 2015-present
  • Presenter CYTO 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 (SRL Tutorial)
  • Invited Speaker: 2016 Australasian Cytometry Society
  • Invited Speaker: 2017 South East Flow Cytometry Interest Group
  • Invited Speaker 2018 GLIIFCA
  • Invited Speaker 2019 ABRF – Environmental Imaging Flow Cytometry
  • Workshop: 2016 Australasian Cytometry Society – “Non-mammalian Flow Cytometry”
  • Abstract and Poster Review CYTO2018, CYTO2019 

Website; Twitter: @njpoulton