I am a French undergrad biology major and I am interested in learning about marine biology and especially about bioluminescence. I believe that the ocean offers an incredible source of information to learn about a large diversity of organisms. The Deheyn's lab studies different concepts of marine life to improve our scientific knowledge.
I am working on a project about photoprotein reaction involved in light production. Indeed, the parchment tube worm produces a bioluminescent mucus. Studies show that the mucus light production is highly specific to iron and not shared with other elements. However, we believe that the affinity between iron and the photoprotein prevents a reaction with any other element. My goal is to remove iron using different treatments and add other metals to see if the light production is affected.