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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Quantification of Bacteria Colonization on Controlled Surfaces

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

RO# Location
50.64.21.B7314 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Chiang, Martin Y.M. martin.chiang@nist.gov 301.975.5186
Lin, Nancy J nancy.lin@nist.gov 301.975.4935
Lin-Gibson, Sheng slgibson@nist.gov 301.975.6765

Description

Bacteria colonization and subsequent biofilm development can result in infections and medical device failure for applications including dental restorative fillings, orthopedic devices, contact lenses, and catheters. Yet, methods to quantify biofilm properties are lacking. This research opportunity focuses on the development and application of novel, quantitative methods to evaluate biofilm initiation and development as a function of surface properties. These biofilm measurements can be coupled with well-characterized substrates and computational models to identify mechanisms responsible for biofilm-material interactions, ultimately leading toward novel materials that control biofilm growth.

 

Keywords:
Bacteria; Biofilms; Biomaterials; Caries; Dental materials; Infections; Medical devices; Methods; Microscopy; Oral environment; Polymers; Simulation; Surface properties;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Regular applicants
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