Applied Math Seminar: Bayesian analysis and design of experiments of biofilms over space and time
- Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Wilson Hall, 1-144 - view map
Applied Mathematics Seminar:
Al Parker (CBE and Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, MSU)
Title: Bayesian analysis and design of experiments of biofilms over space and time
Microbial biofilms are almost everywhere, exploiting sources of chemical and photo energy wherever they can be found. A deeper understanding of biofilms over the last 30 years has already transformed the way that humans understand and interact with the microbial world. Microbiologists have unprecedented access to chemical, molecular and imaging technologies that have revolutionized the study of these slimy microbial communities. I will give an overview of some current work at the Center for Biofilm Engineering where I have applied statistical techniques to: assess biofilm responses to antimicrobials; determine the reproducibility of the lab methods used to test antimicrobials; test the "biofilm hypothesis" in epidemiology; and analyze and design experiments that quantify biofilm characteristics from 3-D confocal microscope images.