Ph.D., Microbiology, Cornell University
M.S., Microbiology, Fudan University (China)
B.S., Microbiology, Fudan University (China)
Area(s) of Interest
Microbial genomics and biofilm formation
Bacterial biofilms are medically and environmentally significant. We are interested in understanding fundamental mechanisms controlling bacterial biofilm formation and the role of beneficial biofilms in bacteria-host interactions. We are also interested in inhibitory mechanisms targeting key processes during bacterial biofilm development. We use Bacillus subtilis and other related Bacilli species as model systems.
301 Mugar Life Sciences Building
The hunger games of genes and microbes
When the going gets tough in the microscopic world of bacteria, one of the best bets is to form a biofilm, an immobile colony of cells that offers protection against harsh conditions.