To develop preventive therapies, we must understand how pathogen communities work.
At Ohio State, our collective understanding of infectious diseases has evolved: Rather than thinking that a single pathogen causes disease, we now understand that groups of microorganisms in biofilms, microbiomes and viromes that contain combinations of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms contribute to either health or disease.
We are detecting how and why these communities take shape. We want to understand the factors that shape how these microbial communities are formed — and how specific compositions make pathogens more or less virulent.
We study how microbial communities’ composition affects immune system defense or susceptibility — and how microorganisms adapt, persist and resist treatment.
To learn more about microbiome research at Ohio State, visit the Center of Microbiome Science.
Interested in biofilms? Join our monthly Biofilms Interest Group meetings to hear about the biofilm research going on in our community. See 2021-22 meeting schedule here >>
Vanessa Hale, MAT, DVM, PhDAssistant Professor
Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Shaurya Prakash, PhDProfessor
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Matt Sullivan, PhDProfessor
Department of Microbiology
Daniel Wozniak, PhDProfessor
Department of Microbial Infection & Immunity
Find more unparalleled expertise.
- Biofilms in Human Medicine Interest Group
- Campus Chemical Instrument Center
- Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility
- Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)
- Center for Clinical and Translational Science
- Environmental Health Sciences Program
- Environmental Science Graduate Program
- Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP)
- Food Science & Technology Program
- Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program
- Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center (MCIC)
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Biomedical Genomics Core
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Biopathology Center (BPC)
- OSU-CCC Genomics Shared Resource
- STEAM factory
- Translational Data Analytics Institute
- Veterinary Preventive Medicine Program