Joseph Grzyzmski

( Desert Research Institute )


(775) 673-7478
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: Microbiology, Computational Biology
  • Research Fields: Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Computational Biology, Nevada, NGS, Applied Innovation, Cost Minimization, Next Generation Sequencing, Antarctica, Synthetic Biology, Diatoms, Transcriptomics, Bioengineering, DNA Damage, STEM, Citizen Science
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Computational Biology, Microbiology, General
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Grant - National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program


Dr. Grzymski is the Senior Director of the Applied Innovation Center and an Associate Research Professor of microbiology and computational biology. He holds adjunct positions in molecular biosciences and hydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is co-founder of the companies Evozym Biologics, Inc and EMS Genomics, LLC.  His academic research focuses on adaptations in microbes to extreme environments using methods from biophysics, molecular biology, informatics and microbiology. Joe received his BA in philosophy and biology from Bowdoin College. He was a Fulbright Scholar before attending Rutgers University where he received a Ph.D in Oceanography. In his spare time, Joe plays tennis, runs, cooks and enjoys spending time with his family. He has been at DRI and lived in Nevada for 12 years. He is passionate about improving Nevada’s economy through the promotion of DRI’s incredible science.