Our Goal:

All organisms adapt and evolve in an ever-changing environment. By understanding the biochemical and genetic mechanisms that underpin these processes, we can bridge the gap between molecular mechanisms and the projected impacts of global climate change. Policymakers urgently need this information to make data-based decisions.


Our Approach:

Traditionally, molecular biologists have studied isolated organisms in the laboratory to dissect life processes. But organisms do not live in isolation. New advances in DNA sequencing, gene editing, imaging, mass spectrometry, and multiscale computational modeling have created the opportunity to study organisms in their natural associations with other species.

Carnegie scientists are building a quantitative, theoretical, and predictive understanding of ecologically relevant biological communities, particularly as some are in rapid decline.

From coral reefs to hot springs and contaminated rivers to deserts, we employ emerging technologies and invent new methods to understand the complex symbioses that allow life to cope with a changing environment. Integrating from genes to ecosystems, we aim to build a new multiscale understanding of life and its physical environment.


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