Biotechnology is a key focus of our lab, as we are interested in how coral organisms can be used to develop new therapies or biotechnological products. We study the genetic makeup of corals and the specialized biochemical/ natural compounds produced by these organisms. With this knowledge, we develop technologies that can improve the health of coral reefs and potentially benefit human health.
Drug discovery is another area of our research. We investigate the chemical and biological properties of coral organisms with the aim of discovering novel drugs and therapeutic agents. We also study the interactions between corals and their associated microorganisms to identify the potential for natural compounds to have therapeutic properties.
Identifying coral diseases is fundamental to our efforts to protect and preserve coral reefs. Our lab conducts research to investigate the causes and consequences of coral diseases, exploring factors such as environmental stress, pathogens, immune system responses, and drug discovery. With this knowledge, we hope to develop new diagnostic tools and preventative strategies that can be used to mitigate the impacts of coral diseases.
Finally, our lab is also focused on the important issue of climate change and its impact on coral reefs. We study the effects of ocean warming, acidification, and other environmental stressors on coral biology and ecosystem health. Through our research, we aim to help inform strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as guide effective management strategies for coral reef ecosystems.
At our coral research lab, we are driven by a deep passion for understanding coral biology and ecology, and a desire to use our research to benefit both conservation efforts and human health.