Welcome to the Santoro Laboratory site!
Note: In June 2016, the Santoro Lab is moving to the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara.
Our lab studies single-celled organisms called bacteria and archaea involved in nutrient cycling, especially of the element nitrogen. Microbes that convert nitrogen among its various dissolved forms live in the ocean, coastal sediments, and soils. We experiment with these organisms in the lab, look for their DNA in the environment, and measure rates of the different reactions they perform. We try to understand how and when they evolved, how they collaborate with other organisms, and how they keep our planet habitable.
Our research is generously funded by the National Science Foundation, Maryland SeaGrant, the Sloan Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the Dalio Explore Fund.
Horn Point Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Mail: P.O. Box 775 ~ Cambridge, MD 21613
Shipping: 5745 Lovers Lane ~ Cambridge, MD 21613