The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to Himadri B. Pakrasi, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and director of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), to collaborate with Jonathan Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Pakrasi and Zehr labs will develop methods to study uncultivated microorganisms and the symbiotic relationship between oceanic cyanobacteria and microalgae, as part of the Moore Foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative. “The well-being of oceanic life is fundamentally important for the sustainability of the planet,” said Pakrasi. “The information garnered from this study has the potential to influence an array of fields of science.”
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