Research in our group lies at the interface of mechano-microbiology and materials-biosystems interactions. We use a multifaceted and integrative approach to quantify, and elucidate the molecular mechanism behind the mechanical forces that stabilize the initial stages of bacterial biofilm formation on different materials. Initial efforts in the Mechano-microbiology Lab will focus on the early stages of biofilm development―first contact with the surface and microcolony formation. Below are the key research themes that we are working on (see our Research Page for more details):
- Molecular forces in Bacterial Biofilms―at the single-molecule and single-cell levels
- Bacterial Rigidity Sensing
- Structure and Nanomechanics of Bacterial Biofilms
- Targeted Disruption of Biofilms
Congratulations to Alexa for winning 1st prize in the IGRAD Conference! Way to go on your debut poster on bacterial rigidity sensing! See Alexa in action here...
Ruby received a Connaught New Researcher Award!
Congratulations to Daniel and Sri for being awarded an NSERC-USRA!
Together with the labs of Profs. Kerman, Kraatz, and Zhang (collectively known as the Biological Chemistry Cluster), the lab was awarded an NSERC-RTI (Research Tools and Instruments)!
Congratulations to Sri for winning the TD Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fellowship!
Brody placed 3rd in Best Poster at the 46th SOUCC (Southern Ontario Undergraduate Chemistry Conference) held at Wilfrid Laurier University. Congratulations Brody!