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Marina Linardic

Marina Linardic

PhD Student

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


I have completed my BSc in Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where I also obtained my MSc degree in Ecology and Nature Preservation. At the University of Zagreb, I have worked on the taxonomy and ecology of periphytic diatoms and dinoflagellates together with my mentor Dr Zrinka Ljubesic. During the second year of my Masters degree, I spent one semester abroad as an ERASMUS student at the University of Vienna, Austria. During my studies there, I worked on a project regarding the desiccation and stress response in the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus, under the supervision of Prof Dr Michael Schagerl.  This project allowed me to widen my knowledge in algal physiology and to learn new techniques used in this field.

Research Interests

In October 2014 I joined the Braybrook Team on a Lewin-Fritsch PhD Studentship in Phycology, shared between the Department Plant Sciences and Downing College.  The aim of my project is to understand cell wall mechanics and different growth patterning in brown algae and the effect of auxin on their shape during morphogenesis.  I am also interested in understanding the  changes in cell wall composition and shape growth under different environmental conditions (eg. temperature, salinity) and the effect of pollution, to get an insight into how today`s changing environment is affecting brown algal communities and their habitats.