Ph.D. Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
Following a post-doctoral fellowship working with the Natural Products Discovery group at Smith Kline Beckman in Philadelphia, Dr. McCarthy joined Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution where he is currently a Florida Atlantic University Research Professor in the Center for Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research. Dr. McCarthy has over 50 publications in scientific literature, teaches through the Florida Atlantic University Semester-by-the-sea program, and is a former President of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology,
Projects taking place in Dr. McCarthy's lab include: the cultivation and identification of the symbiotic microbes present in deep-water marine sponges; screening for novel antimicrobial agents from marine invertebrates and microbes; and finding biotechnological applications for microbial products. Dr. McCarthy works closely with the chemists in the Natural Products Discovery group on the isolation and identification of chemicals produced by the unusual microbes with the ultimate goal of discovering new therapies for diseases such as cancer.