Peter Girguis is a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His research focuses on understanding the physiological and biochemical adaptation of microbes and animals to "extreme environments." He is also renowned for building novel instruments and sensors such as underwater mass spectrometers and microscale microbial samplers.
Dr. Girguis received his B.Sc. from U.C.L.A., his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara, and did postdoctoral research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute before going to Harvard University. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the National Science Foundation, was a Merck Co. Innovative Research Awardee, and a Department of Energy E.C.-U.S. Biotechnology Fellow. He has authored or co-authored over 95 publications, served as chair of the National Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC; 2010-2016), serves as a Board member of the Ocean Exploration Trust, as is on several notable ocean advisory boards.
Girguis’ honors include the 2007 and 2011 Lindbergh Foundation Award for Science & Sustainability, the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award for groundbreaking advances in Marine Science and Technology, and the 2020 Petra Shattuck Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was recently named a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator for his research on marine symbioses.