The diversity of life on Earth can't be seen with the naked eye, the vastness of life as we know it is microbial. These simple yet elegant creatures are responsible for the air we breathe, for providing important vitamins and nutrients to our own bodies, and for cycling nutrients in the environment, a critical ecosystem service for life.
Microorganisms face a barrage of challenges in their microscale environments, both temporally and spatially. We're interested in understanding how microorganisms respond and adapt to environmental stress (e.g., nutrient starvation and UV exposure) at the molecular level, and how these molecular adaptations influence rates of productivity, transcend evolutionary history, and inform the geochemistry of early Earth.
The Laboratory of Molecular Responses is fully equipped for state of the art molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and culture-based research and has capabilities to facilitate high-throughput work and recombinant DNA research. It also has full instrumentation, supporting equipment and computational resources.