Dominique Chaput

Dr. Dominique Chaput

Dr. Dominique Chaput
University of Exeter

Dominique's background is in biochemistry and molecular microbial ecology. She is especially interested in the interactions of microbes with each other and with their surroundings. After obtaining her BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University (Canada), Dominique moved to the UK to pursue a MSc in Environmental Change and a DPhil in Microbial Ecology at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral work used environmental DNA (eDNA) methods to examine the structure and function of microbial communities living on exposed granite bedrock in Arctic Norway. She then accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC (USA), where she used a range of eDNA and culture-based methods to investigate microbial communities that are involved in removing metals from water that is heavily contaminated by coal mining.

Dominique’s role in this project is to carry out the laboratory work and bioinformatics analyses related to the microbiome investigations and to the identification of potential disease biomarkers. She is based at the University of Exeter.