Marine Biofilms & Microbiomes

As an island nation surrounded by the sea, marine science is very important to Singapore's environmental, industrial and economic health.

SCELSE integrates marine research across microbiology, ecology/ecological theory, chemistry, genomics and engineering, with inter-institutional collaboration for the nationwide programme. Research projects capitalise on Singapore’s unique urban setting and tropical marine diversity and harness the capacity available at the newly upgraded St John's Island Marine Laboratory, a national infrastructure facility.

SCELSE's marine research projects focus on ecosystem wide effects as well as microbial processes. Holobiont systems are investigated for ecosystem resilience and microbially mediated responses to climate change. Marine microbiomes and biofilms are investigated for their role in establishing or preventing benthic community formation, in addition to the ecosystem effects and degradation of marine plastics. More broadly, emphasis is also given to microbial involvement in carbon flux and pathogen-sediment source-sink dynamics, as well as understanding and curbing corrosion of marine structures.

This is a significant push for marine science in Singapore with projects that capitalise on Singapore's unique urban setting and tropical marine diversity through interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research.