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Dr. Michael Gerdes

Dr. Michael Gerdes

Dr. Gerdes holds a PhD in Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and did his postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. He has filed over 20 patents related to diagnostic technologies for pathology as well as in the area of human forensics. He has been an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany since 2008 in the Department of Biological Sciences where he teaches.

Dr. Gerdes has been growing corals for 25 years and is passionate about aquaculture and reef conservation as a Jamaican born American. Dr. Gerdes co-founded the Washington Area Marine Aquarist Society ( in 2000 and was president from 2000-2005 prior to moving to the Albany, NY area. During this time he organized many speaker meetings for the group with many well-known hobbyists and professionals with an emphasis on sustainability in the aquarium trade.

He is currently focusing his efforts on uses of aquacultured corals for developing biomedical applications and DNA sequencing w chemical fingerprinting studies for coral health and disease. When not in the lab or at the farm, Dr. Gerdes loves to be out fly fishing in the wonderful rivers throughout NY and CT.

Check out Dr. Gerdes' references on Google Scholar, ResearchGate.