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Biofilms are bacterial colonies that are attached to a surface.  They grow from suspended, or planktonic, cells attaching to the surface and by cell division and movement of existing attached cells.  Biofilms are found naturally in many places, including teeth (plaque), medical devices such as intravenous catheters, prosthetic heart valves, and cardiac pacemakers, in sewage pipelines, ship hulls, and many other non-human environments.  Such colonies display complex spatial and temporal development patterns that are the result of both cell-cell interactions and cell-environment interactions. 

We are investigating the dynamics of biofilm growth using experimental, simulation, and mathematical modeling methods.  This work is a collaboration between people in the chemistry, physics & engineering, and biology departments at Doane. Faculty and students who are involved in biofilm research are part of the Center for Undergraduate Research on Biofilms (CURB).  
CURB Brochure

  Barb Clement, Professor of Biology
  Andrea Holmes, Professor of Chemistry
 Chris Wentworth, Professor of Physics
 Matt Antholz, engineering physics
Jeniffer Caballero, biology
Karee Hustedde, engineering physics
Madison Steven, engineering physics/math
Helena Valquier-Flynn, biochemistry
Former Students 
Jaime Gabel, biology
Nathan Little, Computer Science
Chris Mauer, Physics
Kimberly Pierce, biology
Matt Steffens, physics

Last updated: 8/9/2017