Research and Technology

Extremophile Bioenergy & Biotechnology

  • Origin, evolution and future of life in the Universe
  • Extremes of life and enabling molecular mechanisms
  • Hyperthermophiles, halophiles and psychrophiles: enzymes for manufacturing and bioenergy

Research on extremophiles at IMET seeks to understand the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe, specifically the potential of life to adapt to different environments, and the implications for life elsewhere. Researchers at IMET seek to define the range of physiological parameters for survival and identify on a molecular level the unique mechanisms that enable these species to maintain viability in extreme conditions such as extended periods of desiccation, radiation, salinity, heat and cold. Our understanding of the adaptive mechanisms of extremophiles is opening up a large area for future development in the areas of thermostable vaccines, high temperature enzymes for manufacturing and bioenergy production.

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IMET at the Inner Harbor

IMET is housed in the Columbus Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. IMET has 18 faculty members and ca. 150 staff, and 42 research more

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