Kristen Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D.

Project Scientist

Kristen Hunter-Cevera is a Project Scientist at ABPDU. Her research focuses on understanding  microbial heterogeneity encountered during bioreactor scale up. Prior to joining the ABPDU, Kristen was a Hibbitt Early Career Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, where she studied the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus as a model system to explore questions in marine microbial ecology. Her work focused on understanding how population diversity affects abundance dynamics and how interactions with other microorganisms also determine those dynamics. She has extensive experience isolating and cultivating marine microbes.

She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. In her dissertation, she helped develop and utilize a novel modeling method to estimate in situ, population division rate from high resolution flow cytometry data.


  • Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program
  • M.B.A. West Virginia University
  • B.S. in Biology, Mathematics, West Virginia University

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Rhode Island
  • Visting Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Hibbitt Early Career Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory