The IWA – Biofilms 2022 was held in Phuket, Thailand on 6-8 December 2022, and topics included methods for biofilm characterizations, cell-cell communication, interactions with microplastics and nanoparticles and many others.
Rob was one of the Keynote speakers!
Emily presented two different research projects, one related to temperature effects on MABR reactors and the other about competition between suspended and biofilm bacteria in drinking water.
Erika Espinosa-Ortiz is an Assistant Research Professor working at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University. She won the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) award to join our lab for a semester!
Erika’s work focuses on the use of engineered multi-domain biofilms for water, wastewater and soil remediation. In our group, she will be working with MABRs and microsensors, as well as fungal biofilms characterization.
As part of a collaborative research between Dr. Nerenberg, Dr. Cerrone (ND, CEEES) and Dr. Martins (TCD, Microbiology), Yanina traveled to Dublin to get trained on several methodologies to study bacterial efflux systems when subjected to low frequency ultrasound. She spent two months at the Antimicrobial Resistant and Host Modulation Laboratory, led by Dr. Martins.
Yanina received funds from the Graduate Student Professional Development Awards (GSPDA) and from the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH)!
Emily presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on the Microbiome of the Built Environment, held in New Hampshire this week (June 19-24, 2022). The conference is about microbes at the Interface of water, air and human health in built environments. Emily presented her work on modeling water age in a premise plumbing system.