Nastassia V. Patin, Ph.D.
I am a marine microbial ecologist working at the interface of genomics and chemistry to understand how microbes use small molecules to interact and compete. Microbes (bacteria and archaea) are a vital component of every biome on Earth, and we have only recently begun to understand how they shape ecosystems and organisms through their chemistry. My doctoral work with Paul Jensen at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego) focused on the ecological functions of bioactive compounds produced by marine actinomycete bacteria. I am now a postdoctoral scholar with Frank Stewart at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where my research encompasses microbial chemical ecology of marine water columns, aquarium systems, and invertebrate symbiont communities. For this work, I use -omics tools (specifically metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metabolomics) to study the genetic potential and biochemical activity of microbial systems. Understanding how microbes interact and compete in the context of their environment has broad implications for processes like nutrient cycling, antibiotic resistance, and animal and plant health and resilience.
Field work in the Bahamas, 2013.
Although I now live far from the ocean, I get my aquatic fix by paddling around Georgia lakes and occasional trips to the beach. I also enjoy riding my bicycle, cooking, participating in local politics, and hanging with my two awesome cats.