Cecilia Rad Menéndez


        A smiling Ceci looking at a flask with diatoms

CCAP Senior Support Scientist

As the curator of certain groups of microalgae, seaweeds and protozoa from the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa I isolate and identify new strains. I also support research into algae-pathogen interactions.

My main interest is phytoplankton diversity and populations, especially diatoms, and their role in the marine environment.

Hailing from Spain I have been at SAMS since 2005 and in my current role since 2007.

Contact details:

I am the curator of certain groups of microalgae, seaweeds and protozoa from the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, and my role involves the isolation of new strains, and the morphological and molecular identification of both, newly isolated strains and CCAP holdings. I develop cryopreservation protocols for certain strains to ensure their stability over time. I am also involved in several research projects looking into algae-pathogen interactions.

My main interest is phytoplankton diversity and populations, especially diatoms; and their wider role in the marine environment. I am also very interested in the diversity of algae pathogens and their interactions.

 

Current projects

CCAP (NERC National Capability)

GENIALG

GlobalSeaweed*

 

Teaching

Marine Science BSc: I lecture about protists on the year 1 module 'Fundamentals of Marine Biology' and run a practical on microalgae and protista identification

 

Qualifications

2011 MSc by Research 'Genotypic and phenotypic stability within Thalassiosira pseudonana (Bacillariophyta)'

2003 BSc (Hons) Licenciatura en Biologia. Oviedo University

 

Employment history

Since 2007 Support Scientist. SAMS

2005-07 Culture Collection Scientist. Aquapharm Biodiscovery Ltd 

Scientific papers 

Day JG, Tytor S, Egardt J, Applegren M, Rad-Menéndez C, Chepurnova O, Vyverman W and Godhe A (2017) Challenges for the maintenance and cryopreservation of multiple isolates of model algal taxa: An example using Skeletonema marinoi. Biopreservation and Biobanking 15(3): 191-202.

Covadonga Orejas, Andrea Gori; Cecilia Rad-Menéndez; Kim S Last; Andrew J Davies; Christine M Beveridge; Daniel Sadd; Kostas Kiriakoulakis; Ursula Witte; John Murray Roberts (2016) The effect of flow speed and food size on the capture efficiency and feeding behaviour of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusaJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 481: 34–40. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.04.002

Steven Slocombe, QianYi Zhang , Michael Ross , Avril Anderson , Naomi Thomas , Angela Lapresa , Cecilia Rad-Menendez , Christine Campbell , Kenneth Black , Michele Stanley , John Day (2015) Unlocking nature's treasure-chest: screening for oleaginous algae. Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9844. DOI:10.1038/srep09844

Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Michele Stanley, David H. Green, Eileen J. Cox and John G. Day (2015) "Exploring cryptic diversity in publically available strains of the model diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana (Bacillariophyceae)" Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) 95: 1081-1090

Hipkin R, Day JG, Rad-Menéndez C & Mock T (2014) The first evidence of genotypic stability in a cryopreserved transgenic diatom. J Appl. Phycol. 26, 65-71. DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0047-y

Claire M.M. Gachon, Svenja Heesch, Frithjof C. Küpper, Undine E.M. Achilles-Day, Debra Brennan, Christine N. Campbell, Alison Clarke, Richard G. Dorrell, Joanne Field, Steven Gontarek, Cecilia Rad-Menendez, Rachel J. Saxon, Andrea Veszelovszki, Michael D. Guiry, Karim Gharbi, Mark Blaxter & John G. Day , Systematics and Biodiversity (2013). The CCAP KnowledgeBase: linking protistan and cyanobacterial biological resources with taxonomic and molecular data. Systematics and Biodiversity, DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2013.859641

Gäbler-Schwarz S, Rad- Menéndez C, Achilles-Day UEM, Campbell CN, & Day JG (2013) Cryopreservation of Phaeocystis antarctica. CryoLetters 34 (6): 561-570.

Darienko, T., Gustavs, L., Mudimu, O. , Rad-Menéndez, C., Schumann, R., Karsten, U., Friedl, T. and Pröschold, T. (2010) Chloroidium, a common terrestrial coccoid green alga previously assigned to Chlorella (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Eur. J. Phycol., 45(1): 79-95

 

Posters

Christine N Campbell, Rachel Saxon, Cecilia Rad Menéndez, Joanne Field, Katharine Childs & Naomi Thomas. Addressing the future in a 21st century Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP). British Phycological Society, Bangor, January 2017.

Rad-Menéndez C, Gerphagnon M, Sime Ngando T, and Gachon CMM. Some Asterionella are more equal than others: diary of a chytrid-diatom pairing. European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO), Aberdeen, November 2-4, 2016.

Rad-Menéndez C, Gerphagnon M, Sime-Ngando T, and Gachon C.M.M. Some Asterionella are more equal than others: diary of a chytrid-diatom pairing. European phycological Congress (EPC6). London, August 24-28, 2015.

Mélanie Gerphagnon*, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez*, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, Claire M.M. Gachon “From microscope to NGS: a case study of diatom-chytrid pairings”. Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) meeting: Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Granada, Spain February 22-27, 2015

Mélanie Gerphagnon*, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez*, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, Claire M.M. Gachon“ From microscope to NGS: a case study of diatom-chytrid pairings”. Brittish Phycological Society, Galway 25-27 June, 2014 

Provision of access to biological materials – CCAP providing Remote Access and Transnational Access through the EU FP7 funded research infrastructure initiative ASSEMBLE. Campbell CN , Achilles-Day UEM, Clarke A, Field J, Gachon CMM, Kennedy F C, Rad-Menéndez C, Saxon R, Thomas N and Day JG. British Phycological Society, 8-10 July 2013.

Steffi Gäbler-Schwarz, Undine E.M. Achilles-Day, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Christine N Campbell, and John G. Day. Cryopreservation of Phaeocystis antarctica. ASSEMBLE Conference: - Access to Marine Resources - Generating Knowledge for Science and Society, October 23-25, 2012.

Campbell, C.N., Achilles-Day, U.E.M., Clarke, A., Cole, E.C.M., Field, J., Gachon, C.M.M., Heesch, S., Küpper, F.C., Rad-Menéndez, C., Saxon, R., Veszelovszki, A. and Day, J.G. Provision of access to biological materials – CCAP providing Remote Access and Transnational Access. ASSEMBLE Conference, October 23-25, 2012.

Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Michele Stanley, John G. Day. Intra-species characterization of the centric diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Brittish Phycological Society meeting, Oban/Scotland, January 2009.

Borisova, E.V., Tsarenko, P.M., Rad-Menéndez, C. and Pröschold, T.: Strains of the Dunaliella species in the microalgae culture collection of Ukraine (IBASU-A).Algal Culture Collections Conference Oban/Scotland, June 2008.