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Secreted proteins in biofilms – understanding how bacteria cause chronic infections

PhD defence, Wednesday 9 June 2021, Dominique Evans

2021.06.09 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Dominique Catherine Sammons Evans

During her PhD studies, Dominique Evans researched proteins in biofilms formed by two major human pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. Biofilms are aggregates of bacteria encased in an extracellular matrix which are infamous for causing chronic and difficult to treat infections. Dominique Evans studied key mechanisms of how proteins secreted by these bacteria contribute to matrix formation.

The new research findings contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms that bacteria use to form biofilms that can lead to chronic infections.

The PhD study was completed jointly at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and the Department of Physics, University of York, UK.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 12:15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online.
To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Rikke Meyer rikke.meyer@inano.au.dk
Title of PhD thesis: Key mechanisms in the formation of proteinaceous biofilm matrices in Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis
Contact information: Dominique Evans, e-mail: dominique.evans@inano.au.dk
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor James P. O’Gara, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Senior Researcher Laurence Wilson, Department of Physics, University of York, UK
Professor Duncan Sutherland (chairman), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisors:
Associate Professor Rikke L. Meyer, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Mark C. Leake, Department of Physics, University of York, UK
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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