Student working on a research project.

Mechanisms Of Neutrophil Evasion By Oral Spirochetes

The oral cavity is a unique environment, with large numbers of bacteria in constant close contact with host cells. One group of bacteria present in the oral biofilm are the oral spirochetes. Spirochetes are a unique group of bacteria associated with chronic periodontal disease as well as other diseases. My lab focuses on how these bacteria and their bacterial products are able to modulate the host cell response: particularly the normally protective innate immune neutrophil response. We are interested in characterizing mechanisms that spirochetes use to impair neutrophil function.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Microbiology, Immunology, Oral Biology, Cell biology
Student Skill-Set Needed: Laboratory experience desired but not required. Students should have basic biology or biomedical understanding
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Michelle Visser
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Oral Biology
Office: Foster Hall, Room 320
Phone: 829-3943