Elizabeth J. Stewart is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her primary research relates to the study of bacterial biofilms, a field at the intersection of engineering and microbiology. Elizabeth also pursues engineering education research to advance the understanding of interdisciplinary graduate education, an area familiar to her due to her experiences navigating the intersection of two disciplines.
John Younger, MD, is a Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition to being a practicing physician, he leads a research laboratory focused on issues related to bacterial fouling of materials. In the context of human health, the work concentrates on infections of implanted medical devices. In other contexts, his work focuses on ways to prevent, or even facilitate, bacterial interactions with engineered surfaces. Examples of the former include preventing fouling of industrial surfaces. An example of the latter is the development of new technologies to enhance the detection of low-level bacterial contamination in clinical samples and food.
Mike Solomon is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. After a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Melbourne, Australia, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. His group’s research interests are in colloidal assembly, gel rheology, and the biomechanics of bacterial biofilms. His educational interests include undergraduate chemical engineering separation, interdisciplinary graduate education, and the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.
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