Peering into the lives of those gassy, electrifying microbes


Thursday, June 2, 2011
Redfield Auditorium - 12:00 Noon
Dr. Peter R. Girguis
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard

Microbes are the stewards of our Earth as they an unparalleled role in governing biogeochemical cycles.  Recent years have been a watershed for microbiology due to advances in sequencing technologies and proteomics.  However, our understanding of microbial physiology and biochemistry continues to advance at a more modest pace, despite the massive increase in “omic” data.   Our research is aimed at better understanding the ecological physiology of microbes in marine systems through in situ and ex situ experiments that are informed and enhanced by - omic approaches.  The research presented will focus on new insights into the marine methane cycle and the role that extracellular electron transfer plays in global biogeochemical cycles.