Elif Koeksoy, PhD


Postdoctoral Scientist
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 412
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329
ekoeksoy@bigelow.org

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Education

2018, PhD Geoscience, University of Tuebingen, Germany

2014, MSc Microbiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany

2012, BSc Biology, University of Tuebingen, Germany


Research Interests

My research interest focuses on the role of the biogeochemical iron cycle in the emergence and diversification of life on Earth. In particular, I have developed a keen motivation in understanding the fingerprints of ancient iron-metabolizing microorganisms in the geologic record. As such, my current research focuses on the underlying genetic and physiological mechanisms for the formation of iron(III)-biominerals synthesized by microaerophilic iron(II)-oxidizing bacteria, that are proposed biosignatures for the presence and activity of these microbes on the early Earth and on exoplanets. A strong motivation for the identification of genetic controls on iron(III) biomineral formation is their great potential as novel nanomaterials with unique properties that may find application in chemical catalysis, selective filtering systems, or other practical uses.

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