Research area: Bacterial interactions with surfaces
Bacterial colonization of material surfaces create a multitude of problems in our society, but can also be beneficial. In my research we focus on understanding bacterial colonization of material surfaces. We also try to use this knowledge to create coatings that could prevent bacterial colonization of for example medical devices. In another project, we investigate how natural coatings of microorganisms (biofilms) in fresh water influence pharmaceuticals released into the environment.
The research in my group is highly interdisciplinary. We study how bacteria attach to material surfaces and try to find ways to inhibit this process through use of antibacterial substances or antifouling coatings. We perform biological testing of these coatings on bacteria and, together with collaborators, on different mammalian cell lines. The ultimate aim is to create surfaces that prevent bacterial biofilm formation but do not harm surrounding mammalian tissue.
In another reserach project we investigate the physicochemical properties of bacterial surfaces and how these link to physicochemical properties of materials surfaces during bacterial colonization. With a better knowledge of the surface chemistry involved in these processes we hope to reach a better understanding of initial attachment as well as biofilm formation. Part of the work in this project takes place through collaborations with colleagues in Brazil and England. More information about the collaboration project can be found here.Close