Kirsten Heimann BSc, Ph.D.

Comparative Genomics Centre,
Marine & Tropical Biology Bldg DB23-121, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 5795 Fax:  61-7-4725 1570


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Brief Curriculum Vitae:
My current and previous research focuses on ecophysiology and cell biology of marine microalgae.

My major areas of research over the last 5 years can be divided into the following research categories: marine microalgal blooms (with special reference to the role of biotic and abiotic factors in harmful algal bloom formation and levels of toxicity); microalgal potential for biotechnology (e.g. biofuel potential, isolation of bioactive compounds, aquaculture feeds); bioluminescence of marine dinoflagellates and the establishment of this endpoint in whole effluent toxicity tests; benthic microalgal community analyses; nutrient physiology with a focus on nutrient utilization of micro- and macroalgae with reference to phytoremediation of nutrients.

Recent and Current Projects Include
  • Toxic microalgae, invasiveness and blooms
  • Microalgal potential for biotechnology
  • Regulation and function of bioluminescence in marine dinoflagellates
  • Ecotoxicology of metals and pesticides using microalgae as test species
  • Seasonal dynamics of tropical marine and freshwater microalgae
  • Nutrient utilization by tropical micro- and macroalgae

Experience includes:


Immunology, immune, immunogenetics, disease, risk, vaccine, Medical Genomics Research Group, Autoimmunity Research Group, Comparative Genomics Centre,  Key words: Autoimmune diabetes, gene, genome, allele, locus, inherited, disease, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, childhood diabetes, lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus, hemolytic anaemia, hemolytic anemia, Coombs' test, antinuclear antibodies, renal failure, glomerulonephritis, gastritis, type A gastritis, pernicious anemia, immunology, popular science, biology.