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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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