Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Alexandra Z. Worden
Microbial Ecologist and Biologist

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-2122
Fax: (831) 775-1620
email: azworden


After earning a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, with a concentration in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at M.I.T., Dr. Worden remained at M.I.T. for two years as a research technician. She then moved to the University of Georgia, where she received a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship (1996-1999) and completed her Ph.D. in Ecology in 2000.

After her Ph.D., Dr. Worden spent 3.5 years conducting research on microbial interactions as an NSF Microbial Biology Post-doctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, before accepting an Assistant Professorship at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. In 2007 she joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where she is presently leads a microbial ecology research group. Dr. Worden's graduate students attend the University of California Santa Cruz, where she holds an adjunct position in the Ocean Sciences Department.

Dr. Worden’s research focuses on regulation of photoautotrophic microbes with an emphasis on carbon cycling in marine systems. This includes studies on the basic biology of eukaryotic microbes and how such studies can inform us about the evolution of eukaryotes, including land plants. Her group develops and implements methods and technologies for sea-going oceanography, including innovations in genomic, metagenomic and transciptomic approaches. To learn more about Alex’s research and lab group please use the links below.

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Last updated: Oct. 15, 2014