Henry Sun

( Desert Research Institute )


(702) 862-5337
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: Microbiology
  • Research Fields: Antarctic, Extreme Environments, Desert, Microbial
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology, General
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research


Henry Sun is an Assistant Research Professor Microbiology, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas campus. His research areas of interest and expertise is life in extreme environments; endolithic microorganisms in the Antarctic dry valleys, the Atacama Desert, and Death Valley; mineral formations in microbial environments; biological rock weathering, iron isotopic fractionation, and survival and adaptation in endolithic communities; new approaches to planetary life detection; and microbiology of compost tea making and its use as an alternative to fungicide in agriculture and viticulture.