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BSc (Hons 1) Biochemistry, UNSW

PhD Microbiology (2007) UNSW


Dr Martin Ostrowski is a Life Scientist working in the fields of microbiology, oceanography and genomics. Martin is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney.

From 2015-2019 he was a Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Marine Research Centre and he maintains active collaborations with Macquarie University researchers. He has over 230 days and 80,000km of research at sea spanning the planets major oceans and seas. His research focsses on transforming molecular insights into a rich understanding of the function of living systems, from membrane transport proteins, to viruses, microbes and whales and ecosystsem models.


Past Positions:

Manager of the Macquarie University Flow Cytometry Facility

Australian Microbiome Initiative Scientific Working Group

Australian Microbiome Initiative Proposal Assessment Panel

Marine Microbes Initiative Scientific Steering Committee

Governance group for an RDS/QCIF Research Data Cloud Environmental Genomics Project

A founding voyager and scientific advisor to IndigoVexpeditions citizen science oceography project.



Research interests


Undergraduate teaching 

CBMS215 Microbes form the foundation of healthy marine ecosystems

CBMS331 Advanced flow cytometry

GEOS206 The living ocean

Postgraduate teaching

CBMS785 Laboratory Skills for Molecular Science Research.  Advanced Flow cytometry

CBMS793 Advanced Biomolecular Analysis. Core skills for BIG DATA, genome assembly, transcriptomics and Next Generation Sequencing

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Technology, Sydney

1 May 2019 → …

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Projects 2012 2017

Oceans and Seas
Appointments and Schedules

Not all microbes are equal: Defining keystone microbes and planktonic guilds within Australias oceans

Ostrowski, M., Brown, M., Seymour, J., Fuhrman, J., Levine, N., Edwards, R. & Bodrossy, L.

1/01/17 → …

Project: Research

Mapping and Modelling the Ocean's Unseen Biodiversity

Ostrowski, M., Brown, M., Bodrossy, L., Beman, J. & Fuhrman, J.

26/05/15 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1999 2019

  • 2215 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 37 Article
  • 7 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/opinion

Ecological genomics of marine picocyanobacteria

Scanlan, D. J., Ostrowski, M., Mazard, S., Dufresne, A., Garczarek, L., Hess, W. R., Post, A. F., Hagemann, M., Paulsen, I. & Partensky, F., Jun 2009, In : Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews. 73, 2, p. 249-299 51 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

An economical custom-built drone for assessing whale health

Pirotta, V., Smith, A., Ostrowski, M., Russell, D., Jonsen, I. D., Grech, A. & Harcourt, R., 21 Dec 2017, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 4, DEC, p. 1-12 12 p., 425.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

Spatially extensive microbial biogeography of the Indian Ocean provides insights into the unique community structure of a pristine coral atoll

Jeffries, T. C., Ostrowski, M., Williams, R. B., Xie, C., Jensen, R. M., Grzymski, J. J., Senstius, S. J., Givskov, M., Hoeke, R., Philip, G. K., Neches, R. Y., Drautz-Moses, D. I., Chenard, C., Paulsen, I. T. & Lauro, F. M., 20 Oct 2015, In : Scientific Reports. 5, p. 1-13 13 p., 15383.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Indian Ocean

PtrA is required for coordinate regulation of gene expression during phosphate stress in a marine Synechococcus

Ostrowski, M., Mazard, S., Tetu, S. G., Phillippy, K., Johnson, A., Palenik, B., Paulsen, I. T. & Scanlan, D. J., Jul 2010, In : ISME Journal. 4, 7, p. 908-921 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

gene expression regulation
Gene Expression Regulation
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases

Multi-locus sequence analysis, taxonomic resolution and biogeography of marine Synechococcus

Mazard, S., Ostrowski, M., Partensky, F. & Scanlan, D. J., Feb 2012, In : Environmental microbiology. 14, 2, p. 372-386 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sequence Analysis
Marine Biology
Cytochromes b

Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Membership of board
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Invited talk

Microbes form the foundation of healthy marine ecosystems and successful marine industries

Martin Ostrowski (Speaker)
23 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

ISME Journal (Journal)

Martin Ostrowski (Member of editorial board)
1 Dec 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Bioplatforms Australia Ltd (External organisation)

Martin Ostrowski (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Macquarie University Marine Research Centre (Organisational unit)

Martin Ostrowski (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Press / Media

DNA from the deep reveals stunning diversity of invisible life in Australia’s oceans

Martin Ostrowski


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Massive study of ocean microbes to help predict climate change impact

Martin Ostrowski


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Marine microbial data supports innovative research collecting whale blow microbiota

Martin Ostrowski & Vanessa Pirotta


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Sailors called on for a new wave of citizen science

Martin Ostrowski


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment