Hi! My name is Serina and my research focuses on using genome mining and machine learning techniques to understand specialized microbial metabolism. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the ETH Zürich in the lab of Prof. Dr. Jörn Piel and will be starting an independent group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in September 2021.
I did my graduate work in microbiology and bioinformatics in Dr. Larry Wackett’s lab at the University of Minnesota, where I combined computational and experimental approaches to characterize enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of beta-lactone natural products. During my PhD, I carried out part of this work as a visiting scholar with Dr. Marnix Medema’s lab in the Bioinformatics group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
From 2015-2016 I was a Fulbright research student in Tromsø, Norway. During my Fulbright I was a member of Dr. Mette M. Svenning‘s microbiology lab at UiT: The Arctic University of Norway. My project with the Svenning group investigated the temperature adaptation of a type of bacteria (methanotrophs) that consume the greenhouse gas methane. In 2019, we published our findings from this work in PNAS. My blog from my experiences living in Tromsø, scientific and otherwise, can be found on this website.
Serina Robinson’s Curriculum Vitae