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Shiladitya DasSarma, PhD

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Microbiology and Immunology


Columbus Center, 5047

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Education and Training

Indiana University, Chemistry, B.S. (Honors)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biochemistry, Ph.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. DasSarma is a pioneering microbiologist well-known for his contributions to the genomics, molecular biology, and biotechnology of Archaea and the field of Astrobiology. Prior to joining the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, he was a Professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. He has published over 125 scientific papers over his career and mentored many students. He founded the UMB GPILS genomics track and is the UMB institutional representative for the system-wide MEES graduate program.

Research/Clinical Keywords

extremophiles, haloarchaea, microbial genomics, purple membrane, gas vesicle nanoparticles, vaccines and therapeutics

Highlighted Publications

  • DasSarma, S. 2006. Extreme Halophiles Are Models for Astrobiology. Microbe 1:120-126.
  • DasSarma, S. 2007. Extreme Microbes: The Salty Side of Life. American Scientist 95:224-231.
  • DasSarma, S., Coker, J. A. and DasSarma, P. Archaea (overview).  2009. The Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology, pp. 118-139, Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Slonczewski, J. L., Coker, J. A. and DasSarma, S.  2010.  Microbial Growth with Multiple Stressors.  Microbe  5: 110-116.
  • DasSarma, S. and DasSarma, P. 2012. HalophilesEncyclopedia of Life Sciences, Wiley.
  • DasSarma, S. and DasSarma, P. 2015. Halophiles and their enzymes: negativity put to good use. Current Opinion in Microbiology 25:120–126.
  • DasSarma, S. and DasSarma, P. 2015. Gas Vesicle Nanoparticles for Antigen Display. Vaccines 3:686-702.

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