Dr. Gregory Behringer
Loyola College in Maryland, B.A./B.Sc. in Political Science
Rutgers University, Ph.D. in Biology
Gregory Behringer received his Doctorate in Plant Biology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in September of 2015. His thesis work centered on the comparative genomics of the plant pathogenic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, a recent commercial olive orchard scourge within the European Union. At New York University Abu Dhabi, Greg studied the community dynamics of ocean bacteria and diatoms. The thrust of several recent projects seeks to describe small molecule and nutrient exchange between Arabian Gulf isolated diatom and bacterial populations, and the extent to which each contributes to growth synergies and antagonisms within controlled interactions. It is believed that by describing potential symbioses and parasitism between these organisms, a greater understanding of their individual and collective roles may be gleaned within both the local marine ecosystem and beyond.
Jhamal graduated first in his class from Peak to Peak Charter School in Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2014. He is a part of the undergraduate program at NYU Abu Dhabi where he started in 2014. He is a Chemistry major who is also working on a multidisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies. He joined the Amin Lab in 2016 in order to study environmental biochemistry. Jhamal specifically worked on identifying the bacteria-secreted compounds that affect diatom physiology.