HERD Fund A Project of School of Medicine - Research
The DasSarma laboratory, headed by Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a leader in research on the archaea since the laboratory was established in 1986. Through a combination of microbiology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and transcriptomics, Dr. DasSarma and his team of researchers and students have studied novel microbes and their mechanisms of adaptation to challenging habitats, including extreme environments and the human microbiome.
Research is specifically focused on the leading model archaeon Halobacterium NRC-1, the sequencing of which was led by Dr. DasSarma's laboratory.
To read more about the DasSarma laboratory's educational efforts with young scientists, click here.
Above photo provided by Dr. Tony Phillips/Spaceweather.com.
How can you help?
Donations to the Haloarchaeal Education & Research Fund benefit research conducted by Dr. DasSarma's groundbreaking laboratory team, which include a vaccine-development program and education and outreach about the field of microbiology. Gifts also support community resources, including:
- HaloWeb – Haloarchaeal Genomes Database
- HaloEd – Resource for microbiology education
- MolGenT – Molecular Genetics Tutor for students
Please consider donating to help defray the costs of these valuable community education and research resources, established and running continuously since 2001.