2016 was the first year of my Marie Curie IF fellowship project CORA (Copper Aquisition) at the University of Vienna, Austria and the fellowship was concluded in 2018. The project aimed at finding out how archaea such as Nitrososphaera viennensis, a microbe isolated from soil, obtains copper from the environment. N.viennensis uses copper in many of its proteins while converting ammonia to nitrite under aerobic conditions. Since it converts ammonia to nitrite under aerobic conditions it and other archaea similar to it are referred to as ammonia oxidizing archaea (AOA). We used transcriptomics to study N.viennensis under copper limiting conditions. Our copper limitation experiments were carried out in a clean room environment pictured above. Learn more about the project here.