Diving for new drugs in the Red Sea
Written by Erin Grimm
The Life Sciences Institute’s David Sherman explores biochemical pathways of marine microorganisms with the goal of finding new drug candidates to treat infectious diseases and cancers. To collect the samples he needs for his work, he often trades his lab coat for a wet suit and goes to exotic locations rich in biodiversity resources. In November 2014, Sherman traveled with fellow LSI faculty member and frequent collaborator Georgios (Yiorgo) Skiniotis, a structural biologist, to Saudi Arabia to collect marine microorganisms from the Red Sea. They discuss their work in this video and describe the highlights of their expedition in a diary.