Dr. Hank Trapido-Rosenthal received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Southern California. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied the biochemistry, neurobiology and chemical ecology of abalone. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine BioSciences, studying the chemical senses of the spiny lobster. His marine interests took him to the Bermuda Biological Station for Research (now Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences), where he continued his work with lobsters, and began applying the techniques of molecular biology to the study of coral reef ecology. He also established partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to search the biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems for chemicals of potential pharmaceutical value, and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In 2005, he joined the newly-established Oceans and Human Health center at the University of Hawaii, the Pacific Research Center for Marine Biomedicine, where he continued his participation in academic-industrial research partnerships, and taught in both the Department of Oceanography and at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and by contracts from Boehringer-Mannheim GmbH, Diversa Corporation, Algenol Corporation, and Royal Dutch Shell. He joined the faculty at Chaminade University in 2012.