MARBIONC :: Research
Research in this area can help sustain harvestable marine species such as flounder and seabass.
Diagnostics, Bioassays and Screening
The primary research focus of this group is to develop diagnostic tools for the detection of marine pathogens and toxic marine organisms using new and traditional detection methods. A second area of interest is to develop cell based bioassays that can be used to screen compounds to determine their mechanism of action. The third area of interest is to maintain the diagnostic tests and bioassays developed at UNCW for use by other MarbioNC focus groups and collaborators.
Research involves the purification and structure determination ofnaturally produced compounds from culturable organisms. The research team is also characterizing the metabolic pathways responsible fo rthe biosynthesis of these compounds and in understanding the mechanisms by which the producing enzymes work. The goal of all of these interests is to enhance the laboratory's ability to produce compounds with biological activity and make them available to researchers interested in using them in their studies.
Culturing of Marine Organisms
This group's efforts include identification, isolation and cultivation of harmful marine microalgae (HABS) as reference materials for studies on the composition of toxins and other bioactive compounds. Presently the culture inventory spans all classes of marine phytoplankton and consists of hundreds of clonal cultures. These cultures are used in physiological experiments to determine the optimal conditions for growth, toxin production and competition among species.
A unique program, started in 2005, that offers post-doctoral fellows the chance to work on cutting-edge research in marine biotechnology while getting their Master of Business Administration at UNCW's Cameron School of Business. Fellows are enrolled in an MBA program for working professionals that meets two evenings a week as well as one Saturday a month at UNCW.
Research Faculty (click on name for bio)
Dr. Daniel G. Baden
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences and
Director of the Center for Marine Science
Dr. Jeffrey L.C. Wright
Carl B. Brown Distinguished Professor of Marine Science
Dr. Carmelo R. Tomas
Professor of Biology and Marine Biology
Dr. Wade Watanabe
Research Professor, Center for Marine Science
Dr. Martin Posey
Department Chair and Professor of Biology and Marine Biology
Dr. Bongkeun Song
Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Biology
Dr. Wendy Strangman
Research Associate Professor, Center for Marine Science
Dr. Ami E. Wilbur
Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology
Dr. Sridhar Varadarajan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry