Jamie Becker

MIT 48-209
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

617-253-8686 (lab), 617-253-2796 (office)
Email: jamiewb at mit.edu


2013 Ph.D. Biological Oceanography. Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, Woods Hole, MA
2004 B.S. Biology. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Research Interests:

I am working to develop model systems for investigating interactions between autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms in the sea as I am broadly interested in how the rich functional diversity of marine microbes interacts to cycle vast quantities of organic substrate. Using traditional physiological assays in conjunction with transcriptomics, I hope to uncover new information regarding the metabolic relationship between Prochlorococcus and its associated heterotrophs, and extrapolate this information toward a better understanding of the complex interplay between autotrophic and heterotrophic processes in the marine environment. This work is being coupled to chemical analyses of organic matter produced by Prochlorococcus to provide additional insight into these interactions at the metabolome level.


Becker JW, Berube PM, Follett CL, Waterbury JB, Chisholm SW, Delong EF, Repeta DJ. 2014. Closely related phytoplankton species produce similar suites of dissolved organic matter. Front. Microbiol. Chem. 5:111. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00111

Sharma AK, Becker JW, Ottesen EA, Bryant JA, Duhamel S, Karl DM, Cordero OX, Repeta DJ, DeLong EF. 2013. Distinct dissolved organic matter sources induce rapid transcriptional responses in coexisting populations of Prochlorococcus, Pelagibacter, and the OM60 clade. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12254

Becker JW. 2011. A drop in the ocean is teeming with life. Oceanus. 49:18-21.

McCarren J, Becker JW, Repeta DJ, Shi Y, Young CR, Malmstrom RR, Chisholm SW, DeLong EF. 2010. Microbial community transcriptomics reveal microbes and metabolic pathways associated with dissolved organic matter turnover in the sea. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 107:16420-16427.

Becker JW, Brandon ML, Rappé MS. 2007. Cultivating microorganisms from dilute aquatic environments: melding traditional methodology with new cultivation techniques and molecular methods. In C. J. Hurst et al. [eds], Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3rd Edition. ASM Press, pp. 399-406.

Benitez-Nelson CR, Bidigare RR, Dickey T, Landry MR, Leonard CL, Brown SL, Nencioli F, Rii YM, Maiti K, Becker JW, Bibby TS, Black W, Cai W-J, Carlson C, Chen FZ, Kuwahara VS, Mahaffey C, McAndrew PM, Quay PD, Rappé MS, Selph KE, Simmons ME, Yang EJ. 2007. Mesoscale eddies drive increased silica export in the subtropical Pacific Ocean. Science. 316:1017-1021.