Thesis title: The Antibacterial and Biofilm Disruption Activity of Novel Amphiphiles

I am a second-year Master’s student studying the effects of novel amphiphiles on bacterial growth. It is an inter-departmental project involving the JMU Biology and Chemistry departments. My thesis focuses on how changes in amphiphile structure affect their ability to inhibit the growth of several pathogens including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, as well as the effectiveness with which they disrupt established bacterial biofilms. This research seeks to identify compounds that may potentially be used as novel surface disinfectants, especially in a hospital setting where antibiotic-resistant infections are more common.

Advisor: Dr. Kyle Seifert

Presentations: The Antimicrobial Activity of Novel Amphiphiles, William and Mary Graduate Research Symposium, 2016

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