We use interdisciplinary approaches involving biology, chemistry, and physics to study the bioluminescence of marine organisms such as dinoflagellates.
Current areas of interest
- Stimulation of bioluminescence: Studying how mechanical stress stimulates bioluminescence in dinoflagellates, including deciphering the proteins involved in the mechanosensitive signaling pathways, and how cell mechanics affects physiological sensitivity.
- Luminescent flow visualization: Using dinoflagellate bioluminescence as a calibrated flow marker to visualize flows of oceanographic and engineering importance.
- Ecology of Caribbean bioluminescent bays : Studying the environmental conditions that contribute to bright bioluminescence in these ecological wonders.
- Bioluminescence assays : Using bioluminescence as a sensitive assay for sublethal toxicity of marine pollutants such as metals.
- Bioluminescence as an art form: Collaborating with artists to express the beauty and wonder of bioluminescence.