Expertise

My lab is focused on developing novel strategies to prevent biofilm formation in bacteria such as E. coli

Recently, my research has focused on the development of novel biomaterials that prevent the formation of biofilm. A significant breakthrough in this research was the discovery that by infusing polyurethane with a small chemical that had inhibited anti-microbial activities in beef broth medium and meat pieces (Lynnes et al., 2014). Polyurethane is a material that is commonly used in clinical and food processing settings. Future research will be the improvement of this material to become effective against a larger selection of pathogens, as well as pressing it into more practically relevant shapes (e.g. catheters).

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiological Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, North Dakota State University

Visiting Research Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine at Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago (past)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Forschungszentrum fur Milch und Lebensmittel

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine at Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago (past)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions, North Dakota State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, North Dakota State University

Communities
Environmental Science, Natural Resources Conservation, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Agriculture
Degrees
MS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Chemistry, 1991
PhD, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Natural Sciences, 1991
BS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Biology, 1989
Keywords
veterinary medicine biological sciences microbiology chemical sciences
Languages
English, German
Associations
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Microbiology
Bacterial Locomotion and Signal Transduction, Inc.
Gamma Sigma Delta
Gesellschaft fur Biochemie und Molekular Biologie
Great Plains Institute of Food Safety
Midwest Procaryotic Molecular Genetics and Physiology Club
North Dakota Academy of Sciences