Our research focuses in how single and multi-species microbial biofilms interact with the host and are tolerant to antimicrobials.
Why Biofilms? Bacteria live mainly in a biofilm and not as it is most commonly thought as free floating individual cells. Biofilms are commonly associated with surfaces and are formed through physiological developmental stages. These communities, of different microbial species, present multiple phenotypes adapted to their immediate environment, including a sub-population of persister/dormant cells. This results in an increased antimicrobial resistance, persistence and improved growth in different environments, leading to biofouling and infections.
Paul Woods presented his work at the 2019 Binghamton University Biology Department Annual Symposium at Binghamton on January 18, 2019. His talk was entitled "Influence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
quorum sensing on the spatial arrangement of dual-species biofilms".
Cláudia Marques presented her lab's work at the SfAM Annual Conference Passport to Infection in Brighton, UK, July 2018. Her talk was entitled "P. aeruginosa persister cell formation and awakening relies on polyphosphate". Presentation at this conference was supported by SfAM New Lecturer Research Grant.
Congratulations Azima Kureshi and Natalie Anselmi for successfully completing their Honors Thesis and graduating in the Spring 2018!!!!
Congratulations Melissa Van Norden, Azima Kureshi, Margaret Mandato, and Lucianna Skinner for being awarded the Undergraduate Award to Support Research and Creative Work.