Lei Cui completed his M.Sc. in France at the University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier. He joined the Wilkinson group as Ph.D. student in autumn 2015. He works on evaluating the bioavailability of rare earth metals to Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. His research aims to gain a better understanding of the bioavailability and toxicity of REMs under conditions resembling northern Canada by using different techniques such as ion exchange techniques (IET), equilibrium dialysis methods, biotic ligand models (BLM), transcriptomic biomarkers and ICP-MS.