RESEARCH interests

There are four major research foci in my laboratory. First, we are interested in elucidating and understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the survival of pathogenic bacteria in nature and the contribution of these mechanisms to aid these pathogens in their ability to cause human diseases.  Second, we are interested in developing peptide based biosensors for rapid detection of important bacterial pathogens.  Our biosensors can detect pathogens in just minutes rather than hours or days of other approaches.  Third, we have determined that subterranean termite Reticulitermes flavipes possesses ability to produce anti-Pseudomonas and anti-MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) activities when they are induced with heat-killed pathogen. We are currently involved in identifying these antibacterial activities from R. flavipes. Finally, we are interested in genetic and metabolic engineering to develop bacterial cells into microbial factory for optimal production of value-added products.  

For a more detailed explanation of each focus, please click on the link on the left.

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