Coral Health & Disease

Marina Villoch

Marina Villoch

Staff Biologist, Laboratory Manager

Marina Villoch joined Mote as an intern in 2019 with the Coral Health and Disease Program and has since been promoted to Coral technician in 2020, Laboratory Manager in 2022, and Staff Biologist in 2023. Her involvement in coral health, genetics, restoration and resiliency has resulted in completion of multiple projects, which will further benefit coral reef restoration within Mote. Furthermore, she regularly participates in outreach events and workshops, engages with visiting researchers, and trains interns in molecular-based techniques.


2019 B.S. Biochemistry & Biotechnology, University of Missouri-St. Louis


Klinges, J. G., Craig, Z. W., Diaz-Mauriño, M. V., Merck, D. E., Brooks, S. N., Manfroy, A. A., & Clark, A. S. (2023). Common aquarium antiseptics do not cause long-term shifts in coral microbiota but may impact coral growth rates. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Grover, S., Pham, T., Jones, A., Sinobas‐Pereira, C., Villoch Diaz Maurino, M., Garrad, E. C., ... & Nichols, M. R. (2023). A new class of monoclonal Aβ antibodies selectively targets and triggers deposition of Aβ protofibrils. Journal of Neurochemistry, 165(6), 860-873.

Williams SD, Klinges JG, Zinman S, Clark AS, Bartels E, Villoch Diaz Maurino M, Muller EM (2022). Geographically driven differences in microbiomes of Acropora cervicornis originating from different regions of Florida’s Coral Reef. PeerJ 10:e13574