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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. He is a Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Marine Research Centre (2015-). 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.

Dr Ostrowski is the Manager of the Macquarie University Flow Cytometry Facility

A member of the Bioplatforms Marine Microbes Scientific steering committee

A member of the 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

Further details about my microbiology research:

Research Projects available:

Quantitative microbial traits: Costs and benefits of adaptation strategies in environmental bacteria 

Identifying molecular indicators of ecosystem stress in conjunction with the AUstralian Microbiome Project

Environmental selection in the Oceans: species, genes and traits 

Ecosystem connections: the rates and fates of microbial primary production


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

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Synechococcus Medicine & Life Sciences
Oceans and Seas Medicine & Life Sciences
Prochlorococcus Medicine & Life Sciences
Sphingomonas Medicine & Life Sciences
Sphingomonas alaskensis Agriculture & Biology
Cyanobacteria Medicine & Life Sciences
oceans Agriculture & Biology
ocean Earth & Environmental Sciences

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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 Output 1999 2018

  • 1906 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 34 Article
  • 4 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 article

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle

Sequence Analysis
Marine Biology
Cytochromes b

Activities 2014 2017

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

ISME Journal (Journal)

Ostrowski, M. (Member of editorial board)
1 Dec 2016

Activity: Editorial work

Bioplatforms Australia Ltd (External organisation)

Ostrowski, M. (Chair)

Activity: Membership of board

Press / Media

Massive study of ocean microbes to help predict climate change impact

Martin Ostrowski


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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

Sailors called on for a new wave of citizen science

Martin Ostrowski


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment