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Dr Joseph Christie-Oleza



Assistant Professor


Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 765 72969
WebLink: Christie-Oleza Lab

Research Interests

I have a broad range of interests in marine molecular microbiology but my current research is focussed on the network of interactions occurring between marine microorganisms. My research has three main axes:

- To generate new knowledge on carbon cycling and potential mediation of climate change. The microbial carbon pump is known to have an important role in carbon sequestration in the oceans but still little is known on how the food webs function.

- To understand how evolution in stable environments pushes free-living organisms to lose genetically-encoded functions in order to lower their costly maintenance. Therefore, microorganisms from different niches no longer compete; they collaborate by sharing vital functions.

- To discover novel natural products for future biotechnological exploitation. One of the biggest gaps found during the study of these natural products is determining their real function within their natural environment.


2004-2009 PhD and Postdoctoral research (CAIB). University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.
2009-2011 Postdoctoral research (Ramón Areces Fellowship). CEA Marcoule, France
2011-2013 Marie Curie Research Fellowship (IEF FP7). School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick
2013-2018 NERC Independent Research Fellowship. School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

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