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Sea Secrets 2018 Lecture Series
The Blue Ocean: Perspectives from Marine Creatures
David Gruber, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at City University of New York, Baruch College; 2017-2018 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and Emerging Explorer at the National Geographic Society
Dr. Gruber’s research pertains to biofluorescence, bioluminescence, coral reef biology and symbiosis. He utilizes Next-Generation genomic sequencing, novel soft robotics and low-light imaging platforms to investigate deep marine life in the most non-invasive means possible. Dr. Gruber has developed a “Shark-Eye” camera to gain a shark’s perspective of their marine environment and is extending this visual theme to include other marine animals. He will also discuss his recent work that aims to decipher the light-language of flashlight fish. He and his collaborators have discovered scores of novel biofluorescent compounds from marine animals. Several of these compounds have been deployed as tools to study cancer drugs and to understand the brain.