Michelle Michelsen graduated from Oregon State University in 2018 with a BS in Microbiology. She was fortunate enough to do undergraduate research with Dr. Steve Giovannoni studying oligotrophic growth patterns of SAR11. She also served as the Chief Organizer for the lab. Dr. Giovannoni was successful in obtaining a NSF REU for her to attend the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences for the summer of 2017 and work with the BIOS-SCOPE group. After graduation Michelle worked as Research Assistant for Dr. Ben Temperton (a previous Postdoc in Dr. Giovannoni's Lab) at the University of Exeter, returning every summer to Bermuda to participate in the BIOS-SCOPE cruises. Michelle worked with COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium doing long-read sequencing of the virus to track the epidemiology throughout the UK in the Temperton Lab. In February 2021, she began her PhD research on the viral metabolic hijacking of the SAR11, with Dr. Temperton as lead supervisor and in conjunction with the BIOS-SCOPE group. She hopes to continue doing marine microbial ecology with SAR11: her favorite microorganism and pelagiphages (SAR11’s viruses) close behind, in her research future.

Photo 1 – Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in July 2017

 

 

 

Photo 2- Left to Right – Dr. Ben Temperton, Dr. Chris Suffridge, Dr. Steve Giovannoni and Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in July 2019

 

 

Photo 3- Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in July 2019

 

Photo 4- Left to Right – Dr. Joanna Warwick-Dugdale, Dr. Holger Buchholz (now at OSU), Michelle Michelsen and Dr. Ben Temperton at Ocean Sciences Meeting in February 2020

 

 

Photo 5- Left to Right- Dr. Steve Michell, Dr. Aaron Jefferies, Dr. Ben Temperton, Dr. Joanna Warwick-Dugdale and Michelle Michelsen. The SW of England COG-UK Team.

 

Photo 6- Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in August 202

 

 

Photo 7- Left to Right – Fabian Wittmers (GEO-MAR), Michelle Michelsen, Jacqui Comstock (UCSB), Yuuki Nimii (ASU) on the Atlantic Explorer in August 2021

 

 

Photo 8- Left to Right – Fabian Wittmers (GEO-MAR) and Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in August 2021

 

 

 

Photo 9- Michelle Michelsen on the Atlantic Explorer in November 2021