Molecular Soil Ecology Technician

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences


Maider has previously worked on the ability of microbial communities, enriched from insect guts and cow rumen, to degrade lignocellulose and their capacity to produce carbon compounds of interest. She is now involved in the study of soil microbial communities (bacteria, archaea, fungi), their role and impact on the nitrogen cycle and their dynamics across soils under different land uses and under different fertiliser inputs. The core of her expertise in monitoring soil microorganisms relies on a wide range of molecular methods, such as DNA/RNA extraction, end-point PCR, quantitative PCR and amplicon sequencing. She developed expertise in bioinformatics (Geneious, Galaxy software) and data analysis (R software) in relation to several molecular methods: primer design, extraction of sequence of interest from metagenome, manipulating/plotting large datasets and basic statistical analysis. She is also familiar with other methods, including protein extraction, enzymatic activity assays, SSCP fingerprinting and cultures in small size bioreactors. She recently worked on the effects of urea on soil microbial communities and how it affects their role in the nitrogen cycle. 




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      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        Science project

        • UK-China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy CINAG (NEWTON FUND)
        • U-grass: Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands


        2014 - Master (year 2) of Microbiology, University of Sciences, Toulouse, France
        2013 - Master (year 1) of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
        2012 - Bachelor of Biology/Microbiology, University of Sciences, Toulouse, France