In 2015, Holly Bowers was a post-doctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and was a finalist in the Freedom For You grants program. Her prize was a Freedom 4 device, which allowed Holly to perform real-time analysis in the field for different algal bloom species.
Holly has been working in the field of harmful algae for over two decades. Her research career started in molecular gene therapy, then switched to harmful algae. She has a doctorate in the field of aquatic ecology and is an active member of the Monterey Bay (California) research community.
As a direct result of the success Holly and her colleagues experienced with the Freedom 4, they were asked to trial the upcoming Liberty16, Ubiquitome’s latest major advance in commercial qPCR systems.
The processes, testing and impact of the Freedom 4 and Liberty16 on Holly’s research has been outlined in a new case study. Holly provides details of the challenges they were facing, such as the need to be able to test algal bloom species dockside. The ability to perform analysis on the spot has a direct impact on decision-making and resources.
The case study also outlines:
The capabilities of the Liberty16 device are also set to be outlined by Holly in an upcoming interactive webinar, Beyond the Lab: How to generate high quality qPCR data anywhere. The moderated session will be a great opportunity to share your experiences and challenges with testing outside the lab, as well as any innovations or new technologies you've developed.
Holly will also be focusing on the ability of the Liberty16 to vastly improve the efficiency of harmful algal bloom (HAB) species detection. Enabling rapid and specific analyses from shore-side to ship deployments.
The webinar will be presented on 10 October at 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time. Register now to make sure you don't miss out on Holly's valuable insights into the advancement of early detection of HAB species using a portable qPCR machine.