Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Federico Lauro

Associate Chair (Students), Asian School of the Environment
Associate Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Assoc Prof Federico Lauro

Professor Lauro was born and raised in Venice, Italy. He graduated from University of Padua and went on to obtain his PhD at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California in San Diego, California (UCSD).

In addition to his scientific achievements, he is also a champion sailor winning both the Australian and Italian National Championships. He came in fourth place in the 2012 World Championships in Ynglings. He holds a Yachtmaster Ocean Captain’s License with over 20,000 nautical miles and has raced in many long distance multiple-day open ocean regattas.
Research Interests
Dr Lauro has an aptitude matched with a passion, to discover the ways in which microorganisms evolve, adapt and function to drive the ecological processes that are critical for sustaining the health of global marine environments. He has purposefully developed skills in both experimental and computational sciences – in particular, deep-sea microbiology, and the latest “omic” technologies that are essential for deriving a clear and thorough understanding of microbial communities and ecosystem function. Importantly, Lauro has also gained an expert level of proficiency in microbial genomics – this has been achieved through the pursuit of creating bioinformatic tools for analyzing and modelling large datasets, involving a broad range of PERL-programming and implementation of open-source software. Along with his pursuit of marine microbial environments, Lauro is extending his exploration of microbial environments to that of the air microbiome.
Current Projects
  • Analytical Microbial Biomarkers for the Earth Sciences (AMBES)
  • Investigating the changes in RNA viral types along environmental gradients: a potential threat to the development of sustainable aquaculture
  • Microbial contribution to corrosion
  • Microbially induced corrosion
  • Physical and biogeochecmical effects of sediment transport on coral reefs
  • Synthetic Peptidoglycan Oligomers for Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis of Bacterial Infection
  • The unusual CO2-fixing engine of dinoflagellates, the algae that power the coral ecosystems
  • Under Pressure: Microbial-influenced Corrosion (MIC) in MixedMicrobial Communities (MMCS) Under High Hydrostatic Pressure (HHP) Conditions
  • Understanding lysis and lysogeny under hydrostatic pressure in the deep-sea
  • Understanding the viral composition of phytoplankton blooms in Singapore coastal waters
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Microbially Influenced Corrosion: From Detection to Control Mechanisms
Selected Publications
  • Chenard C, Kolundžija S, Lauro FM. (2019). Complete genome sequence of the cyanophage S-PRM1 isolated from Singapore coastal waters. Marine Genomic, 43, 58-60.
  • Martin P, Lauro FM, Sarkar A, Goodkin NF, Prakash S, P. N. Vinayachandran. (2018). Particulate polyphosphate and alkaline phosphatase activity across a latitudinal transect in the tropical Indian Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, , doi:10.1002/lno.10780.
  • Cassie Elizabeth Heinle, Nicolas Paul Eugène Gaultier, Dana Miller, Rikky Wenang Purbojati, Federico M. Lauro. (2017). MetaLIMS, A Simple Open-Source Laboratory Information Management System for Small Metagenomic Labs. GigaScience, 6(6), 1-6.
  • Chenard C, Lauro FM. (2017). Microbial Ecology of Extreme Environments. Springer International Publishing.
  • Acerbi E, Chenard C, Miller D, Gaultier NE,Heinle CE,Chang VW, Uchida A, Drautz-Moses DI,Chuster SC, Lauro FM. (2016). Ecological succession of the microbial communities of an air conditioning cooling coil in the tropics. Indoor Air, 27(2), 345-353.

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