Nanobiomarine: Integrating Nanowire-Enhanced Beneficial Microorganisms for Advanced Coral Restoration


Project Description

Global warming, unsustainable fishing, and land-based pollution are key stressors contributing to the decline of Red Sea coral reefs. To address this issue, Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs) have been shown to reduce bleaching and accelerate recovery. Recent research has explored nanotechnologies, such as nanowires (NWs), to enhance the action and delivery of BMCs. While integrating nanowires into probiotic bacteria has been successful, the interaction mechanisms and locations where BMCs influence corals remain unclear. This knowledge is crucial for developing precise delivery methods and unlocking the full healing potential of BMCs.
Program - Environmental Science and Engineering
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
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Field of Study - Microbiology; Nanotechnology; Environmental Science; Marine Biology; Biotechnology

About the

Alexandre Rosado

Professor, Bioscience - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Alexandre Rosado

Desired Project Deliverables

This internship will focus on understanding coral physiology, nanowire structure and production, and their integration with BMCs for future sensing applications. The project includes: -Conduct a comprehensive literature review on state-of-the-art BMCs and nanotechnology applications in cell viability testing. -Researching coral physiology to identify components that can be targeted for sensing through BMCs. -Developing and implementing BMCs with integrated nanowires and assessing their viability. The final deliverable will be a presentation showcasing the intern's understanding and mastery of the topic, including their learning process, results, and equipment management.