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Isabel has been working on methods to transform the genome of dinoflagellates (algae at the base of coral reef ecosystems), unusual in being resistant to such transformations. The research team has recently succeeded in introducing novel genetic material into the dinoflagellate genome, allowing to genetically modify cultures that can then be grown with subculturing, maintaining the introduced genes and phenotypes. This will allow us (over time) to better understand the symbiotic relationship between the dinoflagellates and coral reefs.

Isabel is at the Department of Biochemistry.