Title

Antibacterial Properties of Biomedical Materials

Presenter Information

Allie Wilson

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Due to a high prevalence of hospital infections from implants, identification of appropriate biomedical materials with antibacterial properties to prevent infection is essential. Materials have variable surface composition with different bacterial growth results. This study tested three different materials-polycarbonate, silicon nitride, and poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK). The composition of each of the three materials is one factor to be considered when comparing the amount of bacterial growth seen. Due to the combination of morphology and composition of silicon nitride, less bacterial adhesion will be measured when compared to polycarbonate and PEEK. We are testing the survival of S. epidermidis on each of these three materials under different conditions.

Biography

Allie Wilson is a senior student graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences in May 2016. Hoping to pursue a career in bacterial microbiology or research.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Comments

Joint Project with Alexis Reece

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Antibacterial Properties of Biomedical Materials

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Due to a high prevalence of hospital infections from implants, identification of appropriate biomedical materials with antibacterial properties to prevent infection is essential. Materials have variable surface composition with different bacterial growth results. This study tested three different materials-polycarbonate, silicon nitride, and poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK). The composition of each of the three materials is one factor to be considered when comparing the amount of bacterial growth seen. Due to the combination of morphology and composition of silicon nitride, less bacterial adhesion will be measured when compared to polycarbonate and PEEK. We are testing the survival of S. epidermidis on each of these three materials under different conditions.