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MSU faculty member earns grant award for biofilm methodology research

October 9, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Darla Goeres, a Montana State University associate research professor in chemical and biological engineering and a member of the Center for Biofilm Engineering, was recently awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Innovation in Regulatory Science Award. Goeres will receive $500,000 over five years to develop new methodology to assess the prevention of biofilm formation on medical devices. MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN – Darla Goeres, a Montana State University associate research professor in chemical and biological engineering and a member of the Center for Biofilm Engineering, was recently awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Innovation in Regulatory Science Award. Goeres will receive $500,000 over five years to develop new methodology to assess the prevention of biofilm formation on medical devices.

Goeres is one of five recipients of the award, which comes from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. The Regulatory Science Award supports innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform regulatory decisions.

“Traditional academic funding agencies do not often support standardized methods development, even though there is a real need for statistically validated in vitro methods that companies, regulators and researchers can use to make informed decisions on the effectiveness of antimicrobial devices,” Goeres said. “The Burroughs Wellcome Fund saw an opportunity to fund research with the potential to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Goeres’s career has been spent researching the bacterial communities known as biofilms, in industrial and engineered systems. In 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Finland. There she worked in the Department of Biosciences at Åbo Akademi University, focusing on methods for evaluating the efficacy of natural compounds against biofilm bacteria.

At the Center for Biofilm Engineering, which has been a leading biofilm institute for 25 years, Goeres is head of the Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory. The mission of the laboratory is the development and validation of quantitative standard methods for growing, treating, sampling, and analyzing biofilm bacteria. Currently, Goeres is working with the EPA on the development and validation of an efficacy test for hard surface biofilm claims.

Within its broad mission, BWF has two primary goals: to help scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators; and to advance fields in the basic biomedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of particular encouragement. Goeres’s BWF award will broaden her agency experience as she works on methods to assess the prevention of biofilm formation on medical devices, which falls under the purview of the US Food and Drug Administration.

For more information on the BWF award, go to: http://www.bwfund.org/

For more information on Goeres, go to: https://www.biofilm.montana.edu/people/faculty/goeres-darla.html

Contact: Kristen Griffin, (406) 994-4743, kristen.griffin@biofilm.montana.edu.