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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Microbial Detection and Sampling Metrology

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

RO# Location
50.64.41.B7208 Gaithersburg, MD

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Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Morrow, Jayne Billmayer jmorrow@nist.gov 301.975.6722

Description

Physicochemical properties of bacteria and viruses can be used to predict and understand interaction with surfaces in environmental systems. Microscopic observation and mathematical modeling based on surface thermodynamic determinations of bacterial and viral association with inert surfaces provides insight into the fate, transport, and sampling removal efficiency. We are coupling advanced imaging techniques including atomic force microscopy and automated fluorescent microscopy with measurements of surface chemistry to evaluate the impact of cell and particle surface features on adhesion; gaining a better understanding of how to enhance removal efficiencies and enable and enhance detection of biothreats.

 

Keywords:
Adhesion; Atomic force microscopy; Bacteria; Biodetection; Decontamination; Environmental monitoring; Surface sampling; Transport; Viruses;

Eligibility

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