Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Julia Van Etten, a recent PhD recipient from the Bhattacharya Lab at Rutgers University, in the Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program, has been researching how algal genomes addressed the evolution of cells on the early Earth. In this video, she describes what she refers to as her Couch Microscopy (Instagram: @couch_microscopy) project that documents microbial life for non-experts and has reached thousands of people.

Julia is currently studying the role of horizontal genetic transfer in eukaryotes, and specifically as a driver of adaptive evolution in extremophilic red algae. Her work at Rutgers is supported by NASA and the Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute.

Debashish Bhattacharya, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University, introduces Julia and discusses the wonderful world of algae.

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