Marine sponges acquire nutrients by filtering and eating bacteria from the seawater, but they also at the same time harbour a remarkable diversity of bacterial symbionts that don’t get digested. ...
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At UNSW Prof. Kjelleberg established the internationally recognised Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB), in collaboration with Prof. Peter Steinberg, which conducts basic and applied science in the areas of bacterial biofilms, cell-cell signalling, chemically mediated interactions between marine bacteria and sessile eukaryotes, novel marine bioactives, microbial environmental genomics, functional metagenomics, and bioremediation. Further, the Environmental Microbiology Initiative (EMI) – jointly established with Professors Ric Cavicchioli and Brett Neilan – has built excellence in environmental genomics as applied to environmental health and sustainability.
Prof. Kjelleberg’s readiness for collaborative, interdisciplinary research has led to entry in the Asian arena with the establishment of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) using biofilm knowledge and technology to ensure the supply of clean water, a sustainable environment, and human health.