Some 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Democritus embarked on a quest to answer this question: “What is the universe made of?” Today, we have a much more complete understanding than Democritus ever could.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University’s partner in research, as the site for a planned major new nuclear physics research facility.
David Thanassi’s research focuses on understanding strategies used by bacteria to cause disease. He has a particular interest in bacterial virulence factors, understanding how these virulence factors are secreted by the bacteria and how they function to allow bacteria to cause disease. His lab is also interested in exploiting the understanding of bacterial virulence factors to develop novel alternatives to antibiotics.