(partial summary of a Bass Connections article by DCI blog editor below)
Jason Somarelli, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and DCI member, was one of two recipients of the inaugural Bass Connections Leadership Award.
Somarelli focuses on metastasis and understanding cancer through the lens of comparative and evolutionary biology in his research. He leads the Bass Connections Project Team "Bioremediation of Plastic Pollution to Conserve Marine Biodiversity" (for which he received the leadership award) that's working to create a lab strain of bacteria capable of rapidly degrading plastic to restore environmental health and conserve marine biodiversity. He's also leading the Bass Connections "Learning from Whales: Oxygen, Ecosystems and Human Health" project team.