Elisa Hernández-Magaña is a postdoctoral researcher in the Nordcee group at the University of Southern Denmark, where she also earned her PhD. Specializing in microbial ecology, her work focuses on the physiology of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) under oxygen depletion, aiming to better understand the novel oxygen production pathway via NO-dismutation in this fascinating group of microbes. Her research employs mainly incubations with trace-range oxygen sensors and stable isotope probing among other strategies to study microbial ecophysiology.

Elisa holds a BSc from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico and an MSc in Marine Biological Resources (Magna Cum Laude) from Ghent University, Belgium, supported by an Erasmus+ scholarship. Her master’s thesis explored prokaryotic communities in the Southern Ocean’s Kerguelen region, utilizing bioinformatics in the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Microbienne in Banyuls-sur-Mer, France.

Passionate about combining fieldwork with laboratory analysis, Elisa is eager to join her first research cruise into an oxygen minimum zone, contributing to our knowledge of microbial physiology in oxygen-depleted ecosystems.