Current Lab Members


Kathryn Coyne

S. Craig Cary

Kathryn J. Coyne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marine Bioscience
University of Delaware 
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
School of Marine Science and Policy

Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Delaware, 1997.
B.S., Chemistry, University of Delaware, 1986.

Research Interests: Biochemical and molecular ecology of harmful algal bloom species; development of biological indicators

Email: kcoyne@udel.edu
Website: Here

Stephen Craig Cary, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, School of Marine Science and Policy

Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography
M.S., San Diego State University
B.S.,  Florida Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Comparative physiology, biochemistry and ecology of microbial communities, with a focus on free-living syntrophic bacterial associations in extreme environments including hydrothermal vents and Antarctic soils.

Email: caryc@udel.edu
Website: Here
Jennifer Stewart

Colleen Bianco

Jennifer J. Stewart, Ph.D.
USDA Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., Marine Biosciences, UD, 2011
B.S., Biochemistry, Salisbury University, 2006
B.A., Psychology, Salisbury University, 2006

Research Interests: Molecular and biochemical characterization of a novel nitrate reductase from the harmful raphidophytes, Heterosigma akashiwo and Chattonella subsalsa.

Email: jen@udel.edu

Colleen Bianco
Master's student

Research Interests: Partitioning of C and N resources in Raphidophyte algae in response to nutrient input.

Email: cbianco@udel.edu

Kaytee P. Chris Main
Kaytee Pokrzywinski
Ph.D. student

Research Interests:  Isolation and characterization of bacterial algicide that induces programmed cell death in dinoflagellates.

Email: Kaytee@udel.edu

Christopher Main
Ph.D. Student

Research Interests:  Development and validation of molecular methods for accurate quantitative detection of microbial species in natural water samples.

Email: cmain@udel.edu
Former Lab Members
Julie Smith Kevin Portune

Julie Smith, Ph.D.


Julie Smith completed her Ph.D. in Marine Biosciences from the University of Delaware in 2009. She is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA in the lab of Dr. Julie Huber, investigating microbial ecology at deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
Kevin Portune, Ph.D.

Kevin completed his Ph.D. in Marine Biosciences from the University of Delaware.  He is currently teaching microbiology and molecular biology at the Instituto de Empresa, in Segovia, Spain.

Lauren SalvittiTom Neiderberger

Lauren Salvitti, M.S.

Lauren completed her M.S. in Marine Biosciences at the University of Delaware in 2010 and worked as a research assistant in our lab. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Waikato, NZ, investigating symbiotic bacteria in toxic sea slugs.

Thomas Niederberger, Ph.D.

Tom worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Craig Cary at the University of Delaware, and is currently employed by a private company in Aukland, NZ. 


Josee Nina Bouchard, Ph.D.


Josee worked as a postdoctoral research in Coyne's lab at the University of Delaware in 2011 - 2012. She is currently employed by a private company in Fort Myers, FL.

Katherine Lee, MS

Katherine completed her M.S. in Marine Biosciences at the University of Delaware in Spring, 2012.