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Dr Martha Valiadi

Dr Martha Valiadi

Postdoctoral Research Associate


 Living Systems Institute S01.01


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD


I am an interdisciplinary marine microbiologist with varied interests in the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape the diversity, structure and function and of marine microbial communities, in particular primary producers. I am also interested in developing novel technologies for in situ molecular assessment of microbial function.

In my Oceanography degree, I specialized in marine microbiology (Prof. Mike Zubkov's lab) and then completed my PhD on the diversity, evolution and ecology of bioluminescent phytoplankton (Prof. Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez lab), both at the University of Southampton, UK. My initial postdoctoral research focused on the functional genomics of eco-evolutionary interactions among phytoplankton and zooplankton (Prof. Lutz Becks lab, Max PIanck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany) and on freshwater phytoplankton methanogens (Prof. Hans-Peter Grossart lab, IGB, Germany). Driven by an interest in developing marine genomic observatories, I joined the biomedical field to learn about molecular biosensor approaches, both as a postdoctoral researcher (Prof. Hywel Morgan lab, University of Southampton) and as a senior scientist in industry (Atlas Genetics Ltd). 

The main focus of my current postdoctoral work at the University of Exeter (Dr. Adam Monier's lab), is on the mechanism and impact of virus infection on phytoplankton genome architecture, gene transcription and physiology, using novel chromosome conformation capture techniques, genomics and trasncriptomics. I am also involved in research on the ecological role of viruses and on the environmental structuring of eukaryotic microbial communities in ocean regions susceptible to climate change.


2007 - 2011 PhD in Marine Microbiology (University of Southampton, UK)

2002 - 2007 Integrated Masters in Oceanography, (University of Southampton, UK)


Key positions held

2019 - Present   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, UK

2016 - 2018       Senior Research and Development Scientist, Atlas Genetics Ltd, UK

2014 - 2016       Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hybrid Biodevices, University of Southampton, UK

2014                  Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, DE

2013                  Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, DE

2012                  Maternity leave

2011                  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

2005                  Research Assistant, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, GR 






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