Callahan Lab

Silvia Beurmann
Graduate student

Born and raised in Switzerland, Silvia received a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Zurich in 2010. During her B.S. she worked in different research labs in the Institute of Plant Biology focusing on ABC transporters in guard cell regulation and Vacuolar transporters in Arabidopsis thaliana. Aside from research conducted, she also worked as a research assistant looking at invertebrate behavior and evolutionary ecology in Scathophaga stercoraria and Drosophila melanogaster. After graduation an internship focusing on the Seychelles' coral reefs changed her interest of study and she wanted to focus more on Marine Biology. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she worked as a Divemaster for a local dive shop. When she found out about UHM's unique graduate degree program in Microbiology specializing in Marine Biology, she took the chance and applied. After being accepted she works now with the reef-building coral Montipora capitata and the pathogenic bacteria associated with the coral disease Montipora white syndrome (MWS). She also investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the innate immune system of M. capitata.

Silvia Beurmann
Graduate student
University of Hawaii
Department of Microbiology
207 Snyder Hall, 2538 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808 956-3658
Fax: 808 956-5430
Email: silvia.beurmannATgmailDOTcom