The Scholars podcast is a show featuring scholars from the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Hosted by CEO of Mojo Media, Justin Kelly, he interviews the best, brightest, boldest and bravest across all fields of academia, business, science, humanities, and the arts. In this episode, Justin interviews microbiologist Marianne Haines.
Marianne has a Bachelor of Biological Science majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry from La Trobe University with Honours in Microbiology, in which she was awarded the Top Undergraduate Microbiology Student award. At the University of Calgary, she specialises in energy bioengineering and photobioreactor technology. Her particular focus is on developing systems which harness the versatility of microorganisms to create sustainable closed loop processes. Currently, she works as part of a team scaling up algal cultivation to produce a new source of sustainable energy.
In this episode, Marianne, who is in her fourth year of her PhD, chats with Justin about her research into turning photosynthetic microorganisms, like algae and bacteria, into fuel like methane through a more efficient process.