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Mr Peter Woolman

Professional biography

2014-Present - PhD Student studying Halophiles from the Deep Subsurface

2014 - Laboratory Technician at TEMAG Pharma, engaged in Pharamaceutical Manufacturing

2013 - Laboratory Technician for Biosyntha, engaged in Research & Development of novel neutraceutical microbial products

2011-2012 - MSc by Research at the Fountain Nucleotide Signalling Laboratory at University of East Anglia, studying ATP signalling during multicellular development of Dictyostelium discoideum.

2011 - Summer Research Student at the University of East Anglia fruit-fly laboratory, investigating mating habits and fecundity of Drosophila melanogaster

Research interests

I'm currently engaged in a PhD project studying the halophilic microorganisms found 1.1km underground in Boulby Mine, Yorkshire. My work investigates whether different salt types (potash and halite) support different communities of microorganisms, and how these communities change at the point where the two salts meet. I'm also engaged in Astrobiological research, investigating the potential of these microorganisms for use as an analogue organism, in order to guide future Mars-based life detection missions

In the past I have worked with mutagenesis of filamentous fungi in order to produce strains better suited for human consumption. I am also deeply fascinated by the development of multi-cellularity, and the trend for increasing eusocial complexity over evolutionary timescales.

Publications

Subsurface Halophiles: An Analogue for Potential Life on Mars. (2015)
Woolman, P. F.; Pearson, V. K.; Cockell, C. S. and Olsson-Francis, K.
In : Life on Earth and Beyond: The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life (4-6 May 2015, Ven Island, Sweden)
Subsurface Halophiles: An Analogue for Potential Life on Mars (2015)
Woolman, P. F.; Pearson, V. K.; Cockell, C. and Olsson-Francis, K.
In : UK Planetary Forum 12th Early Career Planetary Scientists’ Meeting (19-20 February 2015, University of Kent)

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