2019 Excellence Award Winners
2019 Excellence Award Winners
2019 Excellence Award Winners
A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms
A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms
A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms
Announcements

Announcements

Janice McDonnell Interviewed on News12 NJ
Announcements
Announcements
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University to Study New Jersey Ocean Environment
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University to Study New Jersey Ocean Environment
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University to Study New Jersey Ocean Environment
Awards

Awards

Oscar Schofield 2019 Hutchinson Award Recipient
Awards
Awards
Climate Change Is a Major Concern for Rutgers Senior
Climate Change Is a Major Concern for Rutgers Senior
Climate Change Is a Major Concern for Rutgers Senior
Climate Change Shrinks Many Fisheries Globally, Rutgers-Led Study Finds
Climate Change Shrinks Many Fisheries Globally, Rutgers-Led Study Finds
Climate Change Shrinks Many Fisheries Globally, Rutgers-Led Study Finds
Congratulations to Ximing and Josh on your Promotions
Congratulations to Ximing and Josh on your Promotions
Congratulations to Ximing and Josh on your Promotions
DMCS Distinguished Speaker Seminar
DMCS Distinguished Speaker Seminar
DMCS Distinguished Speaker Seminar
DMCS graduate students representing in D.C.
DMCS graduate students representing in D.C.
DMCS graduate students representing in D.C.
Dredging commences in the Rutgers University Marine Field Station boat basin
Dredging commences in the Rutgers University Marine Field Station boat basin
Dredging commences in the Rutgers University Marine Field Station boat basin
Enhancing Coastal Bivalve Aquaculture
Enhancing Coastal Bivalve Aquaculture
Enhancing Coastal Bivalve Aquaculture
In Underwater Drones, a New Weapon for Hurricane Hunters featured on UNDARK
In Underwater Drones, a New Weapon for Hurricane Hunters featured on UNDARK
In Underwater Drones, a New Weapon for Hurricane Hunters featured on UNDARK
NOAA 2019-2020 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Awards
NOAA 2019-2020 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Awards
NOAA 2019-2020 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Awards
Outstanding Senior and Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winners
Outstanding Senior and Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winners
Outstanding Senior and Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winners
Ørsted US Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University
Ørsted US Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University
Ørsted US Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University
Polarizing your Science Impacts: Turning your Research into Science Stories and Take Your Science Stories to the Classroom

Polarizing your Science Impacts: Turning your Research into Science Stories and Take Your Science Stories to the Classroom

Polarizing your Science Impacts: Turning your Research into Science Stories and Take Your Science Stories to the Classroom Good storytelling is a powerful way to bring public attention to our science – especially when it happens in remote areas...
Polarizing your Science Impacts: Turning your Research into Science Stories and Take Your Science Stories to the Classroom
Polarizing your Science Impacts: Turning your Research into Science Stories and Take Your Science Stories to the Classroom
RIOS Student and Munroe Lab at the Haskin Shellfish Lab Presents Research Poster at ASLO Aquatic Sciences 2019 in Puerto Rico
RIOS Student and Munroe Lab at the Haskin Shellfish Lab Presents Research Poster at ASLO Aquatic Sciences 2019 in Puerto Rico
RIOS Student and Munroe Lab at the Haskin Shellfish Lab Presents Research Poster at ASLO Aquatic Sciences 2019 in Puerto Rico
RU In The Field

RU In The Field

Investigating a Sea Scallop Pest  
RU In The Field
RU In The Field
Rutgers team leads pioneering coring expedition in the Indian and Southern Oceans
Rutgers team leads pioneering coring expedition in the Indian and Southern Oceans
Rutgers team leads pioneering coring expedition in the Indian and Southern Oceans
SEBS Class of 2019: Joshua Daw, A Great Eye for Detail
SEBS Class of 2019: Joshua Daw, A Great Eye for Detail
SEBS Class of 2019: Joshua Daw, A Great Eye for Detail
The Connection Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The Connection Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The Connection Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change
The Return of the R/V Arabella
The Return of the R/V Arabella
The Return of the R/V Arabella

Kim Thamatrakoln

Assistant Research Professor

Office - 848-932-3464
71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 305A
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Research Interests

Trained as a molecular and cell biologist, my research focuses on characterizing the underlying molecular mechanisms that have contributed to the ecological success of phytoplankton. Despite representing <1% of the Earth’s biomass, this microscopic slice of the planet contributes nearly 50% of global primary productivity and plays a role in nearly every major biogeochemical cycle including carbon, nitrogen, and silicon. To understand how these organisms will respond to future predicted changes in the ocean, we need to understand the molecular and biochemical mechanisms that govern their physiological responses. My research combines molecular, biochemical, and biophysical techniques with large scale genomic and transcriptomic studies to answer fundamental questions about the physiology and functional ecology of this globally important group of organisms. Using laboratory model systems of diatoms and coccolithophores, we seek to understand how these organisms respond to environmental stress (e.g. light and nutrient availability, viral infection) and the factors that control their growth and productivity. We then extend these culture-based observations to natural populations on oceanographic research cruises using observational and deck-board manipulative studies.

Short History

I grew up in California and received my B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. My first introduction to academic research was as an undergraduate in a Developmental Neurobiology lab at the Salk Institute. After college, I got a job at a biotech company involved in sequencing the first human genome. After 3 months, I realized I much preferred academic research and the freedom and creativity in science it allowed. I then got a job as a Research Associate in an Immunology lab at Stanford University where I conducted HIV-related research. I discovered a love for research, but wanted to apply the skills and knowledge I acquired in the biomedical field to an environmentally-related one. After completing a non-thesis driven Master’s at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station, I went on to the PhD program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I came to Rutgers as a postdoctoral researcher in 2007 and was later promoted to Assistant Research Professor.

Teaching Efforts

I currently do not teach in a formal classroom, but I mentor and train undergraduates and graduate students. I have served as a undergraduate faculty advisor to students enrolled in the RIOS and Aresty programs, as well as those conducting senior honor’s thesis work.

Select Publications

Collins JR, BR Edwards, K Thamatrakoln, JE Ossolinksi, GR DiTullio, KD Bidle, SC Doney, and BAS Van Mooy (2015). The multiple fates of sinking particles in the North Atlantic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29(9): 1471-1494

Thamatrakoln K, B Bailleul, CM Brown, MY Gorbunov, AB Kustka, M Frada, P Joliot, PG Falkowski, and KD Bidle (2013). A “Death-Specific Protein” in a marine diatom regulates photosynthetic responses to acute iron limitation and high light. PNAS 110 (50): 201230-20128

Thamatrakoln K, O Korenovska, AK Niheu, and KD Bidle (2012). Whole-genome expression analysis reveals a role for death-related genes in stress acclimation of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Environmental Microbiology 14(1): 67-81

Curnow P, Senior L, Knight M, Thamatrakoln K, Hildebrand M, and Booth P (2012). Expression, purification, and reconstitution of a diatom silicon transporter. Biochemistry 51(18): 3776-3785

Thamatrakoln K and AB Kustka (2009). When to say when: can excessive drinking explain silicon uptake in diatoms. BioEssays 31:322-327

Vardi A, K Thamatrakoln, KD Bidle, and PG Falkowski (2008). Diatom genomes come of age. Genome
Biology 9(12): 245-250

 

 

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