Lab Members

     
Farooq Azam

Distinguished Professor of Oceanography
fazam@ucsd.edu




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Ryan Guillemette
PhD Candidate
rpguille@ucsd.edu

Ryan Guillemette is a 6th year PhD Candidate in the Azam Lab. His ultimate professional goal is to obtain a position as an academic scientist investigating ecological processes responsible for the global emergence and proliferation of aquatic pathogens. 
Nirav Patel
PhD Candidate
nrp003@ucsd.edu


My research focuses on microbial interactions with colloidal proteins using high resolution AFM imaging.  I study the nanoscale structures and nanomechanical properties of natural bacterial assemblages within environmental samples.
Julie Dinasquet
Postdoctoral Researcher 
jdinasquet@ucsd.edu

I study the spatio-temporal variations of marine bacterial utilization of volatile organic compounds in coastal and polar ecosystems. My research interest lies in bridging marine microbial biogeochemistry with atmospheric chemistry to better understand the role of marine microorganisms in key processes impacting air-sea fluxes of trace gases which will affect the atmospheric radiative budget and climate.


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Yosuke Yamada
Postdoctoral Researcher 


My research focuses on particle dynamics and microbial activities in the ocean and investigates the impacts on marine biogeochemistry and ecology. Current projects focus on the interaction among diatoms, bacteria and viruses.




Xueqian Lei 
Visiting scholar

My research focuses on the interaction between diatom and bacteria. The current primary goal of my research is to understand how these microbes affect each other by identifying the chemical signals.





Harshitha Sai Viswanathan 
Undergraduate student - Resume

I am currently a third year at UCSD majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Marine Sciences from Abudhabi, U.A.E. I achieved an Advanced Scuba diving certificate which enabled me to study marine responses to changing temperatures. As an active member of ecological organizations, I also take part in scuba diving expeditions to clean beaches and seas. 

In the Azam lab I study bacterial isolates from the Arctic Ocean and their response to different carbon compounds. 


   
Ahmed Alsaggaf 
Undergraduate student 
aalsagga@ucsd.edu

I am Ahmed Alsaggaf, an undergraduate student at UCSD studying biology and marine science! I really enjoy the field of marine science and I only enjoyed it more in lab. I have learned various things in the lab like dyeing, filtering bacteria, using microscopes, and many other really interesting stuff! I currently work on bacteria relationship with the microscopic sea life; phytoplankton. We are finding a lot of interesting interactions between both and we hope to understand what they are doing and how they are doing it!






 

Azam Lab
(August 2018)














Farooq Azam (prof), Josie Rivera (undegrad.), Caroline Ren (undergrad.), Julie Dinasquet (postdoc), Yosuke Yamada (postdoc), Ryan Guillemette (PhD student), Ahmed Alsaggaf (undergrad.), Nirav Patel (PhD student).