MIT EAPS Directory

Deepa Rao

Postdoctoral Associate

Deepa’s research integrates lab-based studies of algae, field-based observations, and computational models to answer questions regarding the role of microbial interactions in marine systems. Currently she is focused on developing phytoplankton functional types to implement in a global ocean microbial ecosystem model to answer questions regarding Antarctic coastal marine ecosystems.


Meredith, L. K., Rao, D., Bosak, T., Klepac‐Ceraj, V., Tada, K. R., Hansel, C. M., ... & Prinn, R. G. (2014). Consumption of atmospheric hydrogen during the life cycle of soil‐dwelling actinobacteria. Environmental microbiology reports, 6(3), 226-238.

Contact Information

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S.B. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from MIT
M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University
Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from MIT-WHOI Joint Program