Marine biologist, ocean explorer, professor

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Marine biologist, ocean explorer, and professor David Gruber searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals. Gruber's discoveries are providing a wealth of new insights into a secret "language" of shining colors and patterns that help many marine creatures communicate, interact, and avoid enemies. He and his collaborators have illuminated and discovered novel fluorescent molecules from marine animals and are searching for connections between glowing sea life and the ability to visualize the inner workings of human cells.

Kurumaya, S., Phillips, B.T., Becker, K.P., Rosen, M.H., Gruber, D.F., Galloway, K.C., Suzumori, K., and R.J. Wood. 2018. A Modular Soft Robotic Wrist for Underwater Manipulation. Soft Robotics, 5:399-409. 10.1089/soro.2017.0097.

This paper presents the development of modular soft robotic wrist joint mechanisms for delicate and precise manipulation in the harsh deep-sea environment.

Pieribone, V., and D. F. Gruber. 2006. Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence.  Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.  288 pp.
A journalistic narrative of the discovery of fluorescent proteins. Three scientists profiled in the study were later awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry “for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein.”