Kinohi Institute, Inc.

Research and Exploration into the Origin, Evolution, and Complexity of Life

“Understanding the origin of life and its distribution in the Universe is too important to leave to adults.”

From conversations with Alec, age 5, circa 1996

The institute is particularly interested in the ability of microbial life to survive in the ices of Earth's cryosphere, and how they adapt in times of global warming.

Much of the Institute's work centers on developing non-destructive, non-contact technology capable of finding and characterizing microbial life living within these icy ecosystems and similar habitats on other worlds. The Institute transfers promising technology to medical diagnostic tasks including pathogen recognition and cancer detection.

International interdisciplinary team exploring Lake Untersee, high in the mountains of Dronning Maud Land, Russian Sector, Antarctica. This meromictic lake, covered with ice for at least 10,000 years, hosts a rich photosynthetic microbial community within the ice of the lake.

For further information contact

Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi, M.D.

Executive Director


The Institute is a California non-profit 501c organization devoted to exploration, research and education.