Kate Lane researches marine microbes using biogeochemical, molecular, genetic, and computational tools in Dr. Colleen Hansel’s Lab. She is a 2nd year PhD student in the MIT / WHOI Joint Program and an NSF-GRFP Fellow. Kate received her M.Sc. degree in Population Biology from UC Davis in Prof. Jonathan Eisen’s Lab, worked as computational staff in Prof. Jill Banfield’s Lab at UC Berkeley, and completed her BA in Biology at Macalester College.
On this cruise, Kate is investigating the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of mesophotic sponges and their microbial symbionts. She is especially interested in how these host-microbe interactions may shape reef biogeochemistry, in particular with regard to reactive oxygen species (ROS).