Department of Plant & Microbial Biology
Marlene joined the Kleiner lab in spring 2019 as a research scholar from Germany. She was involved in several collaborative projects to investigate the role of bacterial endosymbionts in marine invertebrates. She also conducted her Bachelor project on the “Evaluation of preservation methods as a field-compatible preservation method for metaproteomic analyses of bacteria-animal symbioses” in the Kleiner lab. Back in Germany, she finished her Bachelor’s degree at the Hochschule Bremen, Germany, and returned to the Kleiner lab in spring 2020 to pursue her PhD. Her research focuses on the genomic and metabolic evolution of a primary symbiont in marine gutless oligochaetes and nematodes. Moreover, Marlene investigates the potential impact of microbial induced carbonate precipitation in fossil preservation.