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Olga Kourtchenko

PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER

Department of Marine
Sciences
Visiting address
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B
41319 Göteborg
Room number
5139
Postal address
Box 461
40530 Göteborg

About Olga Kourtchenko

Current work:

Since last year I joined a project, lead by Anna Godhe, that aims to connect genotypic and phenotypic changes in a model marine diatom species, Skeletonema marinoi, as a consequence of adaptation to anthropogenic-induced stress. My primary tasks are: i) to help develop and optimize a method for the phenotypic characterization of Skeletonema growth in liquid micro-culture, and ii) to apply this method to the library of strains originating from various layers (ages) of sediment cores from eutrophicated and “clean” fjords. Most recently, I have also started exploring the possibility of using solid medium (agar) culturing method for quantifying Skeletonema growth in a high-throughput manner.

Background:

My original training is in general biology, with extensive field and laboratory work experience, and additional training in teaching biology. Throughout my scientific carrier I have gathered experience in different biological subjects and systems: I have worked with ecology and systematics of epiphytic mosses, biochemistry of immune responses in plant cells, metabolism and signaling in yeast, taken courses in bioinformatics and sequence analysis; and now submerging myself into the world of marine biology and evolution.

Affiliations:

I am a member of CeMEB research network.