Anaïs Cario is a High-Pressure geo-microbiologist. She is interested in the eco-physiology of deep-biosphere microorganisms. In the lab, she mimics the deep-biosphere environments in order to elucidate the biological strategies of microorganisms living in high-pressure environments.

She obtained her PhD in 2013 at the University of Lyon, France, under the supervision of Dr. Phil Oger (Lab of Earth and Environmental Sciences). She worked then as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Karyn L. Rogers’ lab at RPI (Habitability and Extreme Life Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA).

She joined the project BIG MAC in November 2017 as an associate researcher. Her work focuses mostly on the biological part of the project. Her goal is to better understand the mechanisms associated with the bioconversion of CO2 (i.e. methanogenesis process) in deep aquifers. In this purpose, she is growing and stuying methanogens using the microfluidic tools (Geological Labs on Chips – GloCs) to reproduce the in situ geological environments (i.e. pore scale, high pressure & high temperature conditions).

Current Research Directions

  1. Mechanisms associated with the methanogenesis process in deep aquifers
  2. Growing and studying deep microorganisms using high-pressure microfluidics devices