Marcela Hernández

Senior Research Associate

I am an Environmental Microbiologist with a PhD in Natural Resources from Chile. In 2010, I received an award from the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation to perform postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, in Marburg, Germany. In 2015, after moving to the UK, I became a NERC research fellow in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Southampton. Following that, I received a second AvH award to for a research stay as a Humboldt fellow at the Thünen Institute for Biodiversity, Braunschweig, Germany. Since June 2020, I am a Senior Research Associate in Colin Murrell’s lab. My career is dedicated to studying how microbial communities establish in soils perturbed either by human manipulation or natural disturbance, specifically methanogens in paddy rice soils, carbon monoxide oxidisers in volcanic soils and antimicrobial resistance in agricultural soils. My current research in the Murrell lab involves the isolation of metagenome-assembled genomes from natural gas seeps and their characterisation as players in biogeochemical cycles of the components of natural gases such as propane, methane and ethane. In parallel to my research, I am an Editor for Journal of Applied Microbiology, Letters in Applied Microbiology, European Journal of Soil Biology and Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Microorganisms. In 2019, I was elected member of the Executive Committee of trustees of the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and received the status of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Visiting Professor at the Institute of Soil Science CAS-Nanjing.

 

Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=dlddUx0AAAAJ&hl=en

Career History:

2019-2020: Alexander von Humboldt Research Visiting Fellow (6 months), Thünen Institute of Biodiversity, Braunschweig, Germany

2016-2018: NERC Research fellow in Environmental Microbiology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

2012-2015 Max Planck Research Fellow, Department of Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

2013-2015 Scientific Coordinator, International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (IMPRS-Mic), Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

2010-2012 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Department of Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

 

Qualifications:

2010: PhD (Natural Resources), Universidad de La Frontera, Chile

2007: MSc (Natural Resources), Universidad de La Frontera, Chile

2004: BSc (Marine Biology), Universidad Católica Ssma. Concepcion, Chile

Contact Details

School of Environmental Sciences,
University of East Anglia,
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

marcela.hernandez@

uea.ac.uk

 

+44 (0)1603 592239