The Reichhardt Lab seeks to answer: What are the fundamental biophysical principles of biofilm assembly? Since this question spans several scales—multicellular to atomic—we are developing multidisciplinary approaches that integrate microbiological methods with physical chemistry tools including microscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Our research is anticipated to lead to improved models to study biofilms, which will be useful in the development of anti-biofilm therapeutics. Additionally, the tools that we develop will be useful for studying other complex materials.
- Solid-State NMR
- Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy
- Electron Microscopy