Title

Antibacterial Properties of Metal Doped Glass

Presenter Information

Rachel Connell

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering Department of Biological Sciences

Abstract

The proposed research project is intended to measure the antibacterial properties of novel bioactive glass formulations. Enhancing the antibacterial properties of the glass will improve the effectiveness of the glass and minimize infections. Some of these glasses are being used for bone and tissue repair and have proven effective in stimulating cell growth and repair. The various glasses were tested using well diffusion and water suspension methods. Our research has shown that glass enhanced with different metals is effective at killing diverse bacteria. The doped glass seems to be more effective against Gram-positive compared to Gram-negative bacteria.

Biography

Rachel is a junior in the biological sciences department. She works with Dr. Westenberg working on glass biomaterial. Rachel has been a teaching assistant for Professor Terry Wilson in the Project Lead the Way training program. She plans on attending medical school. She is actively involved in Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society and Scrubs. She also is actively involved in the community volunteer coaching Upward Basketball and tutoring homeschool children.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Fellows 14-15 Awarded

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

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Antibacterial Properties of Metal Doped Glass

Turner Room

The proposed research project is intended to measure the antibacterial properties of novel bioactive glass formulations. Enhancing the antibacterial properties of the glass will improve the effectiveness of the glass and minimize infections. Some of these glasses are being used for bone and tissue repair and have proven effective in stimulating cell growth and repair. The various glasses were tested using well diffusion and water suspension methods. Our research has shown that glass enhanced with different metals is effective at killing diverse bacteria. The doped glass seems to be more effective against Gram-positive compared to Gram-negative bacteria.