Academic Profile : Faculty

Assoc Prof Federico Lauro.JPG picture
Assoc Prof Federico Lauro
Associate Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Principal Investigator, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)
Technology Leader, Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI)
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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.
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.
  • Characterising the role of the sea-surface microlayer in regulating microbial dispersal, human exposure, and pollutant transformation
  • Developing multi-disciplinary observations and novel datasets across the humanities and geosciences to address cyclone risk in northeast India
  • Microbial contribution to corrosion
  • Molecular barcoding and detection of plastic: from basic science to environmental policy
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Microbially Influenced Corrosion:From Detection to Control Mechanisms