Dr. Dail Laughinghouse has been with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center since January of 2017. Dr. Laughinghouse specializes in Phycology, or the study of algae. He received his bachelor's from the Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Laughinghouse is a broadly trained phycologist working with both basic and applied algal research from Tropical to Polar Regions. His background includes systematics, ecology, harmful algal blooms (HAB), cyanotoxins, phycoremediation, biofuels, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Some of the current research in the Laughinghouse Lab focuses on diversity and toxicity of cyanobacteria, environmental influences on macroalgae and microbial photoautotrophs, novel applied uses for algae, bioremediation, and the detection and effects of bioactive compounds. Research on testing different algal treatment methods with the industry is ongoing in the lab where Dr. Laughinghouse uses different approaches, bridging chemistry, genetics, diversity, and environment. The Laughinghouse Lab is always welcome to new ideas and collaborative research.