Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Earth & Environmental Sciences Area
Environmental Atlas Science Lead
Romy Chakraborty is the Environmental Atlas Science Lead. The Chakraborty lab leads the Isolation and Enrichments tasks of Aim 2, our lab makes critical contributions to all three of the ENIGMA science aims.
We perform critical measurements on the quantity and quality of Carbon and Nitrogen in ORRFRC groundwater and sediment to discern the various sources of carbon and nitrogen available to microbes, often employing synchrotron or stable isotope analysis.
We lead the development of new resources and techniques for enriching and bringing into cultivation key microbes from the ORRFRC field site. These are both aerobic and anaerobic microbes that have been identified to be abundant, relevant, catalyze key metabolisms of interest at our field site. Working in collaboration with Deutschbauer, Arkin, Walian, and Northen labs, we characterize the unique phenotype and genotype of isolates of interest, working towards creating the ‘Environmental Atlas’. In the upcoming project period, we are developing experiments towards constructing stable syncoms and stable reduced consortia under relevant anaerobic conditions.
We are responsible for maintaining a well-curated ENIGMA isolate collection and routinely share isolates and their growth data across ENIGMA.