Biofilms: Challenges & Opportunities

Dates: April 18, 2022

Meets: M from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Rockies

Cost: $0.00
None Entered: $0.00

Enrollment requires a 2021 - 2022 OLLI at MSU Membership

Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) has been a world leader in biofilm research for over 30 years. A prestigious 11-year National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center grant, awarded in 1990, paved the way for the CBE's influence in the emerging field of biofilm research. The Center's three-fold emphasis in research, education, and industry continues to produce results and exciting opportunities for students, staff, and faculty-as well as industrial partners.

The mission of the CBE is to advance the frontiers of health, energy, industry, and the environment through biofilm research, education, and outreach.

Topics include:

The impact of biofilm on public health and the environment.

An understanding of how biofilms can be engineered to help society.

The CBE provides students with the opportunity to work on real-world problems for industry.

Fee:   $0.00

Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Matthew Fields

Dr. Matthew Fields is a professor in MSU's Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology and serves as the CBE director. Matthew earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from Cornell University and has been a faculty member at MSU since 2007. His lab uses molecular ecology and physiology to study microbial communities associated with different environments. Laboratory work includes physiology, ecology, and genomics of different organisms relevant to bioremediation, material interactions, groundwater, and biofuels. Ultimately, his driving question is to understand the relationships between structure and function at different scales of biology and the associated ecological and physiological responses. An improved understanding of structure/function relationships will allow predictive modeling and design for various natural and engineered systems. His research projects are currently funded through the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and private industry.


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