Project Acronym: Aquainvad – ED
Project website: https://twitter.com/aquainvaded?lang=en
MSCA Call: H2020 MSCA-ITN 2015- 2019, No. 642197
Researcher: Teja Petra Muha – Early stage researcher
Host organisation: Swansea University
Currently working in industry, at Labena company as a researcher in molecular biology, working on EU projects related to biopharmaceutical research, developing novel toolsfor mycoplasma and transgene detection. I am also applying for EU funding based on environmental DNA detection, to offer service related to water quality indicatorspecies to monitor quality of marine and freshwaters. I obtained PhD in molecular ecology at Swansea University, UK, two Master of Science degrees specialised in ecological modelling and molecular ecology
Environmental DNA detection, is a recently developed non- invasive method used for detecting aquatic invasive and native species, simply by collecting water sample. We have optimised the eDNA detection methods to assess spatial and seasonal distribution of aquatic native and invasive species, identifying target organism or entire community presence with relative abundance estimates, focusing on hotspots of marine and freshwater invasive species, useful for early warning systems, including distribution assessment of fish species in fragmented rivers.