Justin Silpe

Justin Silpe

Graduate Student
Justin

Research Interest: Bacterial biofilms are collections of cells that form at liquid-solid interfaces and, in so doing, partially define the properties of the materials on which they form. Biofilms are relevant to the proper functioning of industrial and medical systems ranging from cathodes to catheters and cooling towers to colitis. I am interested in studying the molecular and chemical processes that dictate biofilm formation from a combined biological, chemical, and materials science perspective. To unravel these processes, I am working to develop optochemical and genetic tools capable of manipulating gene expression within a subset of a population and studying the cause and effect relationships associated with different perturbations on a microscopic scale.

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