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Mr Moritz Machelett BSc, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Mr Moritz Machelett is Postgraduate Research Student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic Qualifications

2013-present: PhD in Biological Sciences. Protein Crystallography Group, University of Southampton & National Oceanography Centre Southampton.
Topic: Bacterial Nutrient Uptake
2010-2013: MSc in Biology. Protein Crystallography Group, Ruhr University Bochum.
Topic: Characterisation and differential expression of the 16 kDa and 33 kDa-form of the Peridinin-Chlorophyll a-Protein from Symbiodinium sp
2011: Research Group for Marine Microbiology. University of Bergen, Norway. Exchange semester




Research interests

I am interested in structural molecular biology in general and how structural features lead to different physiological functions of Proteins. Marine microbiology is another research interest of mine.

My current area of research interest lies with the nutrient uptake of ubiquitous marine bacteria. They are considered to be among the most successful organisms on earth and can be found in oceanic and limnic habitats. These bacteria dominate the microbial community in oligotrophic gyres, which make up to over 40% of the earth's surface and are the largest oceanic ecosystems. Their success, in these nutrient depleted habitats, is based on a variety of high affinity multi-substrate transporters. To understand the underlying molecular mechanisms based on structural characteristics I use protein X-ray crystallography. Another aspect of my PhD research project is the in vivo characterization of nutrient uptake in the field (research vessels).

Supervisor: Dr Ivo Tews, Prof. Dr. Mikhail Zubkov
PhD research:  Bacterial Nutrient Uptake.
Funding:  Faculty VC Scholarship, NOC/NERC.

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences


Undergraduate Course in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Ruhr University Bochum.

Mr Moritz Machelett
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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