Nina Dzhembekova

What is the aim of your PhD Research? Potentially toxic phytoplankton species in the Black Sea – ecology and genetic identity. Application of molecular methods for investigation of potentially toxic phytoplankton species.
What is the most appealing part of your PhD? Molecular biology is really fascinating because reveals features that have been a secret before. This combined with mysterious world of plankton makes work really appealing. Molecular analyses give the possibility for an insight in genetic diversity of the Black Sea. This is a big challenge for me because this is the first attempt for application of the molecular markers for identification of potentially toxic phytoplankton samples in the Black Sea.
How will your thesis contribute to DEVOTES project? Collection of the phytoplankton samples of potentially toxic species from the Black Sea for further molecular analyses will add to the better understanding of HAB phenomena at EU regional scale.
What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?  The inventory of phytoplankton potentially toxic species from field observations during 1999-2013 along with environmental parameters in different Black Sea regions to extract trends and analise the associated environmental features as a possible triggering mechanism and the molecular analysis of selected HAB species.
What has been your most exciting experience in the project so far?  The training course in Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy, supported by DEVOTES project, was really important for me, because I had the possibility to work with innovative microarray technology under the supervision of Dr. Marco Berzano.
What other important information about yourself would you like us to know? I hope that I will receive new interesting results working on my PhD and contribute to the development of molecular phytoplankton taxonomy in the Black Sea region.