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Nasmille is currently a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) at UEA, funded by a Colombian government (Colciencias) Scholarship, and is part of the GROW-Colombia team at Earlham Institute.
She is a biologist and microbiologist with a Masters in Environmental Microbiology from Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. She has worked in the search for microbes that make use of environmentally relevant compounds, has studied of novel metabolic pathways in different environments associated with fuel-, ANFO explosive- and alkene- degradation, and most recently the relationship between a plant BVOC (isoprene) emission and the presence of isoprene-degrading microbes.
She studied the bio-prospection and design of a microbial consortia for land-farming of burned oils from a coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia. In both her BSc and MSc studies, used cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent methods (RNA) to find subsurface microorganisms that used the explosive ANFO (ammonium nitrate-fuel oil) as their sole N and C source at the open cast coal mine pit. And her latest work has been to compare cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent techniques (DNA-SIP coupled with metagenomics) to characterise active isoprene-degrading microbes in the soil and the phyllosphere associated to isoprene-emitting trees (Salix alba L. and Elaeis guineensis).