• Research

Nasmille Larke-Mejía

Postdoctoral Scientist

Nasmille is a Postdoctoral Scientist on the GROW Colombia project working in the Agricultural Diversity Programme. She focuses on studying the microbial ecology of soils associated to different crops (sugarcane and coffee) and the Colombian Páramo environment. Nasmille is an Environmental Microbiologist, specialized in the use of cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent methods to study the microbial ecology of microorganisms in the terrestrial environment.

Nasmille finished her PhD in 2018 at the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) at University of East Anglia (UEA) funded by a Colombian government (Colciencias) Scholarship. Under the supervision of Professor J Colin Murrell, Nasmille worked on characterizing soil and phyllosphere microorganisms that use isoprene as their sole source of C using techniques including stable isotope probing (SIP), amplicon sequencing and metagenome analysis.

Previously, as part of the CIMIC lab at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, Nasmille isolated and studied ANFO-degrading bacteria from an open coal mine pit and their expression of nitrogen cycle genes in presence of the explosive.

Publications.

Gene probing reveals the widespread distribution, diversity and abundance of isoprene-degrading bacteria in the environment

Carrión O, Larke-Mejía NL, Gibson L, Farhan Ul Haque M, Ramiro-García J, McGenity TJ, et al. (2018) Microbiome 6:219

Poplar phyllosphere harbors disparate isoprene-degrading bacteria

Crombie AT, Larke-Mejía NL, Emery H, Dawson R, Pratscher J, Murphy GP, et al. (2018) PNAS 115(51):13081-13086

Fifty important research questions in microbial ecology

Antwis RE, Griffiths SM, Harrison XA, Aranega-Bou P, Arce A, Bettridge A, Brailsford FL, de Menezes A, Devaynes A, Forbes KM, Fry EL, Goodhead I, Haskell E, Heys C, James C, Johnston SR, Lewis GR, Lewis Z, Macey MC, McCarthy A, McDonald JE, Mejia-Florez NL et al. (2017) FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93(5)