Elif Koeksoy, PhD

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

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B.Sc. in Biology, University of Tuebingen, Germany

M.Sc. in Microbiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany

P.hD. in Geomicrobiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany (ongoing)

Research Interests

My research interest focuses on biogeochemical iron cycling in marine and freshwater environments. More specifically, I am interested in the identity and composition of biogenic iron oxides and the physiology of iron(II)-oxidizing bacteria that produce these unique minerals. My work is focused on the formation mechanisms of so-called twisted stalks and sheath structures, that are composed of nanoparticulate biogenic iron oxides and exopolymers. The ultimate motivation is to understand the great potential of these biologically produced structures as nanomaterials with unique properties that may find application in chemical catalysis, selective filtering systems, or other practical uses.

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