Kopriva Science Seminar Series, Amanda Fuchs
- Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 3:10pm
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Byker Auditorium - view map
Amanda Fuchs, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and recipient of a 2016 Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship, will give a talk as part of the College of Letters and Sciences's Kopriva Science Seminar Series.
Fuchs investigates the interactions between bacterial biofilms and human macrophages, a type of immune cell. Bacterial biofilms consist of densely packed communities of microbial cells that grow on living or inert surfaces. Biofilms are more resistant to antibiotic treatment and are known to evade the immune system. Bacteria residing within chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, often form biofilms and have been shown to cause a significant delay in the healing time and closure of wounds due to excessive inflammation. A macrophage is a type of white blood cell found in most bodily tissues, where they survey the area for foreign substances, microbes and cellular debris. It is speculated that macrophages are primarily responsible for the resolution of inflammation in wounds. Fuchs is studying the metabolites and metabolic pathways involved in the interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms and human macrophages to gain insights into the cellular mechanisms contributing to persistent inflammation in chronic wounds.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Fuchs' lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features seminars by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers. For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, please visit www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/kopriva.html.