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Biofilms in Human Medicine Interest Group

The goal of the Biofilms in Human Medicine Interest Group is to define the critical factors that facilitate bacterial biofilm development in human disease and then use this knowledge to develop therapies to prevent initial infection or progression to persistent biofilms (i.e. chronic and/or persistent disease).

Biofilms, which are communities of microorganisms that are attached to a surface, play a critical role in numerous infectious diseases. The CDC and the NIH recently estimated that biofilms are responsible for 65% to 80% of all infections. In 2008, the CMIB established a multi-disciplinary translational biofilms research group that consists of microbiologists, immunologists, biochemists, pathologists, computational biologist, and infectious disease experts, as well as pulmonary and otolaryngology specialists. The team meets monthly to discuss scientific and programmatic themes with the goal to submit an NIH program project grant. The human diseases represented by the projects include cystic fibrosis, chronic gastrointestinal disease, chronic otitis media and sinusitis, dental caries, infection of the genitourinary tract, periodontitis, and device related infections. Those participating include scientists and clinicians from OSU (infectious disease, dentistry, oral biology, orthopedics, microbiology, DHLRI, and FAES) as well as Nationwide Children's Hospital and Battelle Memorial Institute.

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Current Funding Opportunities

1. Trainee Travel Award

2. Other Trainee Support

Monthly Meetings:  Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be in room 105 of the Biomedical Research Tower (BRT105) on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00am.


Participating CMIB Faculty


Daniel Wozniak, PhD

MI&I, Microbiology, ID, OSU

Brian Ahmer, PhD

Microbiology, OSU

Amal Amer, MD, PhD


Michael Bailey, PhD

Oral Biology, OSU

Lauren Bakaletz, PhD

Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, NCH

Jennifer Edwards, PhD

Pediatrics, NCH

Steven Goodman, PhD

Pediatrics, NCH

Ann Griffen, DDS, MS

Pediatric Dentistry, OSU

John Gunn, PhD

MI&I, Microbiology, ID, OSU

Luanne Hall-Stoodley, PhD


Sheryl Justice, PhD

Pediatrics, NCH

Eugene Leys, PhD

Oral Biology, OSU

Kevin Mason, PhD

Pediatrics, NCH

Abigail Norris Turner, PhD

COPH, Divison of Epidemiology, ID OSU

Vijay Pancholi, PhD

Pathology, MI&I, OSU

Paul Stoodley, PhD

MI&I, Orthopaedics, OSU

Hua Wang, PhD

Food Science & Technology, Microbiology, OSU


Participating non-CMIB Faculty


Cliff Beall, PhD

Dentistry, OSU

David Hesse

Battelle Memorial Institute

Mark Klebanoff, MD, MPH

Medicine, NCH

Purnima Kumar, PhD

Peridontology, OSU

Jiyoung Lee

COPH, Environmental Health Sciences, OSU

Steven Lower, PhD

Earth Sciences, School of Environment & Natural Resources, OSU

Sashwati Roy, PhD

Dept of Surgery, OSU

Michael Triplett, PhD

N8 Medical, Inc.

MI&I: Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity
ID: Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
PACS: Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
COPH: College of Public Health
OSU: The Ohio State University
NCH: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Upcoming Events

Bacteria-Material Interactions 2017 (June 14-15, 2017)

EUROBIOFILMS 2017 (September 19-22, 2017)