Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University System of Maryland
Dr. DasSarma earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Nobel laureate HG Khorana, and received his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for 15 years before moving to the University of Maryland System, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, as well as the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Dr. DasSarma is well-known for leading the first complete genome sequencing project of an extremely halophilic Archaeon and editing the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory manual on Halophiles. With funding from NIH, NSF, and NASA, his lab has been developing novel buoyant archaeal nanoparticles for research and biomedical applications, including therapeutic protein display and antigen delivery.