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Kristin Aleklett

Postdoctoral fellow | PhD

I am a postdoc with Dr. Edith Hammer as part of the “SoilChip group”. We are working closely with engineers from LTH as well as international collaborators to develop artificial soil systems through microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology in order to study fungal ecology in complex soil environments. Among other things, we want to see how small-scale heterogeneity in soils can influence fungal foraging and carbon sequestration. You can read more about the project here.

My background is in microbial ecology, trying to understand how fungi and bacteria live and interact with their surrounding environment, as well as how communities and symbiotic relationships are formed. I did my undergraduate and master’s degree at Lund University, where I also wrote my master’s thesis with Professor Håkan Wallander, examining how amendments of organic material with differing nitrogen content affects arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation. In 2011 I moved to Kelowna, Canada, where I did my PhD in the lab of Dr. Miranda Hart at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan. My PhD research was focused on the plant microbiome, and finding out how timing of microbial exposure in a plant’s life affect the assembly and persistence of its microbial root communities.

Fungal hyphae growing inside a microfluidic device
Fungal hyphae growing inside a microfluidic device

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Kristin Aleklett
E-mail: kristin.aleklett [at] biol.lu.se

Postdoctoral fellow

MEMEG

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Research group

Microbial Ecology

Projects

 

Postdoc host

Edith Hammer

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