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Luisa Marcelino

Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer of Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A218
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-4035Email Luisa Marcelino


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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D. Molecular Biology/Genetics University of Lisbon, Portugal, degree in absentia through MIT, Cambridge, MA 

B.S./M.S. Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research Interests

Effects of global climate change in the dynamics of biological partnerships involving microbes, in particular, reef-forming corals and their associated algae; light scattering and propagation in coral tissue and skeleton; characterization of microbes at the cell and genetic level; characterization of the symbiotic relationship and of its limitations (i.e., coral bleaching when corals undergo thermal stress). Promoting coral adaptation and resilience to a fast-warming planet via rapid physiological changes in particular species that increase their likelihood of survival. These processes are driven by changes in gene expression (transcriptional plasticity), that do not involve alterations in the genetic code (epigenetics).