Visiting Researcher at Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Kristie Tanner obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and her Master's Degree in Research in Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Biology, both at the University of Valencia. She is currently a first year PhD student in Biomedicine and Biotechnology at the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (University of Valencia-CSIC). She has been the recipient of a fellowship from the Real Colegio Complutense and will be a visiting researcher at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University from March to June 2018.
Her work is currently focused on the study of sun-exposed microbiomes (mainly solar panels and inter-tidal areas of the Mediterranean coast). On one hand the researcher is aiming at characterizing the pigment-producing bacteria that inhabit these environments and their potential applications as carotenoid producers, which are valuable pigments for the food (as colourants), cosmetic (as UV-light protectors) and pharmacologic/nutricosmetic (as antioxidants) industries. On the other hand, her research is also focused on establishing the relation between microbial colonization, biofilm formation and soiling with the reduction in photovoltaic efficiency on solar panel surfaces.