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Beneficiary Name
Short Name

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth, UK   

The MBA will co-ordinate the MIDTAL project and will be responsible for Workpackage 1 and will contribute to Workpackages 2, 3.  They have already adapted Alexandrium and Pseudo-nitzschia probes to the microarray and will adapt Dinophysis probes to the microarray.  Through Dr. Medlin’s collaboration with IFREMER, MIDTAL will have access to samples and cell counts from the Bay of Arcachon, France.  Through their extensive experience in adapting probes to a microarray, they will provide training in probe design and microarray hybridisation to all other partners.

Linda K.  MEDLIN, 25 years experience in taxonomy and systematics of marine phytoplankton; 25 years experience in molecular systematics and phylogeny; 137 publications in international journals, 1 edited book, over 40 invited lectures.  Teacher and organiser for rRNA probe applications colloquia. 

Jixin CHEN (Post. Doc.). 6 years experience in genetic diversity and chemotaxonomy of phytoplankton.

aStazione Zoologica 'A.  Dohrn' di Napoli (SZN), Naples, Italy  t

This team has extensive in experience in phytoplankton ecology, taxonomy, life cycles and molecular phylogenetics.  They will collect and enumerate samples from their long time series site in the Gulf of Naples, and establish and maintain cultures of local populations of Alexandrium and Pseudo-nitzschia for constructing calibration curves and signal standardisation in WP 2.  They will process samples for microarray analysis for WP 3 for field validation form their monitoring site in the Western Mediterranean.

Wiebe H.C.F.  KOOISTRA, SZN senior research scientist with 20 years experience in phylogeny, of algae; teacher of international courses, associate editor of two journals, supervisor of 2 PhD students and one postdoc; local manager of project ESTTAL on genomic and microarray approaches; 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. 

Marina MONTRESOR, SZN senior research scientist, head of the Marine Botany Laboratory, 25 years experience in phytoplankton ecology, taxonomy, life cycles, SEM and TEM techniques; teacher and organiser of phytoplankton courses, associate editor of Phycologia; tutor of 2 PhD students; 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Pasquale DE LUCA, SZN research scientist, coordinator of the Gene Expression Core Lab at SZN BioGeM with 17 years experience in regulation of gene expression, experience with microarray technology; teacher of international courses, several invited seminars, supervisor of 6 technicians, 17 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Elio BIFFALI, SZN research scientist, coordinator Molecular Biology Service Lab at SZN, with 6 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

• Diana SARNO, SZN research scientist with 20 years experience in phytoplankton diversity and taxonomy; manager of phytoplankton culture facility at SZN; 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Adriana ZINGONE, SZN senior research scientist with 25 years expertise in taxonomy and ecology of phytoplankton; organiser of phytoplankton courses; associate editor of ‘Harmful Algae’; tutor of 2 PhD students; 30 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Luciana BARRA, (Post. Doc.). 3 years research experience in molecular biology, in particular in microarray technology.

•MariaValeria Ruggiero, (Post. Doc.). 9 years research experience in molecular biology, in particular in population structure of seagrasses and algae.

a University of Kalmar, (UniKal), Kalmar, SWEDEN t

The University of Kalmar will adapt the raphidophyte algae Heterosigma/Chattonella and Karenia probes to the microarray for WP 1 for which they are taxonomic specialists.  They will also be responsible for the isolation and maintenance of local clones of Pseudo-nitzschia and Karenia for calibration curves (WP2) and their monitoring site will sample in Swedish waters of the Skagerack and Kattegat for WP 3.

Paulo Salomon (Assist.  Prof.).  Specialist in phytoplankton physioecology and genetics, including by parasite infections on HABs studied with the help of molecular probes.

Johannes A. Hagström, (Post. Doc.).  Specialist in phytoplankton ecology and physiology, including toxin production, toxin degradation, and control/mitigation of HABs

a Instituto Español de oceanografía, Vigo, Spaint

IEO houses an important culture collection of toxic algae from which MIDTAL will be able to draw strains but they will identify and isolate species of Dinophysis and their different life cycle stages from field populations, which is the only species that cannot be cultured without adding prey species because they are mixotrophic.  They are taxonomic experts for Dinophysis. They will continue to attempt cultivation of different Dinophysis spp by giving them various ciliates as prey.  To evaluate the implementation of the molecular identification on different stages/physiological conditions of field populations and laboratory incubations of Dinophysis spp.  Their monitoring site will be the Atlantic coast of Northern Spain.

Beatriz REGUERA, Senior Scientist, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Oceanographic Centre of Vigo (IEO-Vigo).  Principal Investigator of HAB-related national/international projects at the IEO-Vigo since 1988

Sonsoles GONZÁLEZ-GIL.  Junior Scientist studing different aspects of cell biology of toxic and non toxic dinoflagellate species the life cycle and autoecology of some Dinophysis spp

Laura ESCALERA.  PhD student, 3 years experience on phytoplankton studies with special focus on Dinophysis spp. life cycle strategies and distributions.

a Martin Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, IRELANDt

The Martin Ryan Institute has extensive experience of marine phytoplankton taxonomy and will provide and analyse samples from the North Atlantic Shelf waters off the Irish coast (WP 3), a fourth monitoring site.  Activities will include:

•to assist in the determination of probe suitability for microchip format concentrating on the Chrysochromulina and Prymnesium probes.
•to assist in the calibration of the probes against traditional cell counts using cultures of selected species
•to test the accuracy of calibrated in the field using the microarray chips in tandem with traditional cell counts on field samples
• to test the effectiveness of the microarrays through their application in selected field study locations in Irish waters.

Robin RAINE, Senior Scientist, Phytoplankton Ecology.  Led nationally funded BOHAB programme (Biological Oceanography of HABs off the west coast of Ireland).  Current chair of SCOR-IOC/UNESCO GEOHAB programme (Global Ecology and Oceanography of HABs).

Caroline CUSACK, Senior Scientist with past responsibility for management of national Phytoplankton Monitoring Programme.

John PATCHING.  Associate Professor.  Co-ordinated the International Gene Probe workshop at the MRI, NUIG in 2002.

a University of Oslo, (UniOslo), Oslo, Norway up

The UniOslo will be responsible for the collection and analyses of samples from Norwegian waters of the northern Skagerrak.  They will test probes for Pseudochattonella.  They will establish and maintain cultures of local populations of Pseudochattonella, Chrysochromulina, Prymnesium, Alexandrium, Pseudo-nitzschia, and isolate Dinophysis from cold waters.  They will process samples from N.  Skagerrak and the Atlantic coast of SW Norway and carry out microarray analysis for WP 3.

Bente EDVARDSEN, Professor.  20 years research experience in toxic microalgae, 15 years with molecular systematics of microalgae.  40 peer-reviewed papers.  Supervisor of 5 PhD students and 4 Ms-students and lecturer in ecology, marine biology and phycology.

Wenche EIKREM, Associate professor.  19 years research experience in toxic algae, algal taxonomy, biodiversity and ultrastructure.  30 peer-reviewed publications.  Supervisor of 1 PhD student and 3 Ms-students and lecturer in phycology.

Simon Dittami (Post-Doc). Three years of experience in microarray studies on brown algae.

a University of Westminster (Uni Wes), London, United Kingdom t

The Phytosciences Research Group has extensive research experience with dinoflagellates, including investigations into their taxonomy, physiology and ecology and will be responsible for the supervision of the fieldwork and carrying out microarray analysis of the field material from UK monitoring sties in the Orkney Islands, a sixth site (WP 3) and laboratory testing and validation of probe signal intensity with cultures (WP 2).  They will also perform experiments to establish calibration curves for certain Alexandirum species for which they are taxonomic experts.

Jane LEWIS, Professor, some 25 years experience of phytoplankton ecology, including taxonomy and systematics.  Some 40 publications in peer reviewed journals, 1 edited book.  Grant awards from NERC (UK); Royal Society (UK); EU; MAFF & CEFAS (UK).

Pamela GREENWELL, Principal lecturer

Marco Berzano. a postdoctoral fellow with more than 8 years of experience in microbial molecular ecology. He has started working on hyperthermophilic bacteria at the University of Ulster (Coleraine, Northen Ireland) as exchange MSc student. He then moved to freshwater diatoms during his PhD at the University of Camerino, Italy. In 2006 he obtained a Marie Curie fellowship from University College Dublin, Ireland working on molecular detection of Cryptosporidium spp. as part of the EU project Cryptonet.ie.

a Queen's University t

Queen's University will be responsible for development of immunoassay microarray probes for quantification of algal toxins in coastal waters.

Katrina Campbell, Senior Research Fellow. 10 years research experience in chemical contaminant and toxin analysis, antibody production and assay development and biosensor technology. 13 peer-reviewed publications

a Technological Institute for the Marine Environment Control of Galicia (INTECMAR), SPAIN t

INTECMAR is the official governmental monitoring agency for HABs in NW Spanish seawaters and provides access to all Spanish sites and will identify the toxic/harmful phytoplankton species that are the principal problem for the aquaculture in the Atlantic water of the North Coast of Spain for which the development of the molecular tools are a priority.  They will evaluate the implementation of the molecular identification in a phytoplankton monitoring that works in real time in an area of intensive aquaculture.  They will work primarily in WP3 where they will be providing field data for microarray validation.

Yolanda PAZOS, INTECMAR, Researcher (since 1993).  30 years experience on Oceanography and phytoplankton in the Galician Rías; 30 peer review publications, will be responsible for phytoplankton identification

Ángeles MOROÑO, INTECMAR, Researcher at Oceanography and Phytoplankton Dept.  since 1998.  Research on intoxication-detoxification PSP toxins.  11 publications.

M.  DOVAL, INTECMAR, Researcher at Biogeochemical Dept since 2001.  Research on Dissolved Organic Matter and Nutrient salts in seawater.  20publications, International oceanographic research cruises (5), Grants on CSIC and EU.

Mónica GOICOECHEA, INTECMAR, Researcher at Biotoxin Dept.  (since 2006).  4 publications, will perform the microarray analysis of field material

University of Rhode Island (URI), Narragansett, USA t

The URI group will adapt the probes for Prorocentrum to the microarray (WP1) in collaboration with MBA and will provide samples from monitoring sites along the New England coast (WP3), a seventh site.  It will be responsible for isolating and maintaining cultures of P.  lima and for the single-cell isolation of non culturable Dinophysis acuminata, D.  norvegica and D.  rotundata from the coastal waters of Maine and Rhode Island (WP2).  The addition of a US partner at no cost to the consortium will provide another species to the chip and will introduce our chip to the US toxic algal research programme. 

Lucie MARANDA, Marine Research Scientist.