Riga, Latvia: The Computational Systems Biology Groups Research Community at the University of Latvia recently hosted professor Carol Thornbur. He has been among the prominent figures in seaweed research. The event took place at the University of Rhode Island. 

A researcher in the circularity transitions research group, PhD Karina Balina, was also present. She also had the opportunity to share insights into her work with Professor Thornber.


The Computational Systems Biology Group is a scientific research group from the University of Latvia Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology. The event was an interdisciplinary team of researchers passionate about developing and working on innovative ideas. It also included the computer models that facilitate understanding how organisms and systems work. 

At first, while giving insights into her work, Dr. Balina explains this collaboration: “A while ago, I received a message from Professor Carol Thornber expressing her interest in gaining international insights into seaweed research to enhance her travel experience.”

“After researching Ulva research in Latvia, my name surfaced as a critical contributor. In our Circularity Transitions research group, we greatly value international experiences, and I instantly agreed to meet with Professor Thornber.”

“Coincidentally, the best time for our meeting coincided with a significant gathering of seaweed experts from across Europe at the University of Latvia. This was a fantastic opportunity for Carol to attend the event and share her transcontinental perspectives and observations,” she said.

The Computational Systems Biology group Research community also extended their pleasure and thanked Professor Carol Thornber for her delightful visit. 

They added, “This marks the beginning of a long-lasting academic friendship, which may evolve into a fruitful partnership.” 


Professor Thornber has a wealth of experience in higher education administration and leadership. Currently, she is the Director of University Research Operations and holds the Professor of Natural Resources Science position at the University of Rhode Island. 

As per the Computational Systems Biology Group, Professor Thornber’s expertise lies in marine ecology, with an actively funded research program encompassing various aspects, including the impact of climate change on coastal communities, integrated multitrophic aquaculture, invasive species, coastal resilience, and harmful algal blooms.

They were also grateful for the enriching experience of hosting Professor Carol Thornber. “we look forward to future collaborations and academic endeavours,” they added.



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