We worked in the Baliga Lab Group this summer. This group studies the responses of Halobacteria salinarium and various diatoms to environmental disturbances in order to model similar responses in eukaryotic cells using a systems biology approach to research. By analyzing measurable qualities and/or quantities of the organisms, such as growth or gene expression, the group is able to analyze and predict their responses to various environmental stimuli.
The lab also develops software to analyze their data. Programs they have developed include, but are not limited to, Gaggle, Firegoose, and cMonkey which are used to predict the outcome of further experiments. In the future, the conclusions drawn from this group will be applied to medical research, specifically how networks in humans work.
For more info on the Baliga Group, visit their website.