Samuel Tan: Exploring microbial communities in Maine-eDNA research

Samuel Tan traveled from Singapore to study at the University of Maine and work for Maine-eDNA. 

The Ph.D. student of marine sciences’ research for the Maine EPSCoR program will involve microbial communities and how they change in response to disturbances, such as the effects of seasonality and human action. The technology for eDNA research has changed since Tan, also a graduate research assistant, completed his undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom. When he was an undergraduate, he used shotgun sequencing rather than metabarcoding, which is typically used with eDNA today. 

“The technology has advanced considerably since then,” he says

Read more about Tan on the Maine EPSCoR website.

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