A multidisciplinary faculty mentor team has been formed to train REU students. Faculty mentors will engage and assist REU students in developing research plans and in designing and conducting experiments to achieve the goals established by the program. Faculty mentors will also assist students in their career development by advising students of career opportunities and helping them identify career paths in STEM. Below is a list of faculty mentors for the Biofilm REU program.
The Microbial Biofilm REU program places students in existing faculty labs for hands-on research on specific research projects. Because host faculty labs may rotate based on availability and access, students should identify specific microbial biofilms research themes in which they are interested. To the best of their ability, REU advisors will place students in a lab aligned with one of their top three research themes of interest. Below are the central Research Themes and some of the host labs who may sponsor REU students on this theme. Be sure to check out these themes and their corresponding faculty so you can select your top three research theme choices during application.
- Biofilm Attachment, Development, and Dispersion: Davies, Sauer, Light, McKenney, Cook
- Biofilm Tolerance, Persistence, and Resistance: Sauer, Marques, McKenney, Bane
- Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles: Schertzer, Chiarot, Light
- Dual Species Biofilms: Marques, Davies, Cook, Mahler
- Host-microbe Interactions: Cook, Marques, McKenney, Musselman, German, Mahler
- Bioengineering: Schertzer, Marques, Sauer, German, Mahler, Chiarot
- Bacterial Ecology and Evolution: Cook, Sauer, Marques, Swierk
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, First-year Research Immersion
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- Chemical Biology
- Molecular mechanism of Taxol chemotherapy
- Site-specific fluorescent labeling of proteins
- Molecular mechanisms of colchicine and related drugs
2022 Research Projects
Role of Biofilms in Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
Facutly - Dr. Claudia Marques and Dr. Gretchen Mahler
Students - Jasmine Wanyoike and Thu Hsa
Exploring the Microbiome of Lizard Skin
Faculty - Dr. Laura Cook and Dr. Lindsey Swierk
Students - Sam Garnsey and Fiddi Hilmi
Electrospray Printing for Antibiofilm Surfaces
Faculty - Dr. Caitlin Light and Dr. Paul Chiarot
Students - Pat Moran and Xiaoyun Sun
Dispersion and Enzymatic Degradation in Dual-Species Biofilms
Faculty - Dr. David Davies and Dr. Whitni Redman
Students - Kylie Purkeypile and Vivian Chavez
Biofilm Antibiotic Tolerance and Oxidative Stress
Faculty - Dr. Karin Sauer and Dr. Susan Bane
Students - Mackenzie Bennett and Eduardo Almes Jr.
Direct all inquiries and application materials to biofREU@binghamton.edu