Robert Moseley

Biosciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Robert Moseley

Bredesen Center Graduate Research Student, University of Tennessee

  • M.S. Biology, Georgia College, 2012
  • B.S. Environmental Sciences, Georgia College, 2010

Research Interests:

    My research background is in phycology with my Master’s thesis focusing on algal identification, use of diatoms as bioindicators, and algal ecology. During graduate school I also worked with an algal biotech company in testing and optimizing growing procedures of different algal strains for use in biofuel, bioplastics, and other products in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical areas. I also assisted in diatom identification workshops for the U.S. EPA and Georgia EPD. Post-graduate school, I was a primary instructor in Environmental Science and Biodiversity courses for one year while also mentoring undergraduate students in algal research.

    As a part of the DOE funded CAM Biodesign Project, my research now focuses on understanding crassulacean acid metabolism, also known as CAM photosynthesis. My focus is on the dynamics of transcription in plants with CAM photosynthesis. I plans to use systems and synthetic biology methods to uncover the roles of potential genetic components involved in core CAM processes. Understanding how CAM plants function can lead to insights in how to manipulate traditional agricultural and bioenergy crops to use less water and as well as withstand drought with minimal biomass production loss.

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