Peter J. McCarthy

Florida Atlantic University, USA


Peter J. McCarthy was educated in England and received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Smith Kline Beckman working with the Natural Products Discovery group, Dr. McCarthy joined Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in 1985 and currently works as a Research Professor in the Center for Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research. His research interests are focused on the symbiotic microbes present in deep-water marine sponges. The group works closely with the Marine Natural Products Chemistry group in the isolation and identification of chemicals produced by the unusual microbes with the goal of discovering new therapies for cancer and infectious diseases. Other active projects include studying bacterial pollution in the marine environment, the discovery of industrially relevant enzymes, and the identification of pathogens affecting marine organisms. Dr. McCarthy has over 60 publications in the scientific literature and is a former President of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Biography Updated on 4 February 2013

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