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Nanoengineering and nanotechnology: advancing current approaches to study and treat biofilms

Grant number: 18/26441-7
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Dentistry
Principal Investigator:Marlise Inêz Klein Furlan
Grantee:Marlise Inêz Klein Furlan
Visiting researcher: Hyun Koo
Visiting researcher institution: University of Pennsylvania, United States
Home Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia (FOAr). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/05423-0 - Role of extracellular DNA and lipoteichoic acid in the matrix of cariogenic biofilm, AP.JP


Microorganisms living as biofilms cause several human diseases. Biofilm control and treatment have challenges that need to be overcome. Therefore, understanding these microbial communities and the extracellular matrix that ensures the maintenance of biofilm is paramount for the development of preventive and therapeutic strategies. Recent advances in nanoengineering and nanotechnology can stimulate the development of more guided approaches. Thus, the visit by Dr. Hyun (Michel) Koo (an expert in biofilm research) and the activities that will be performed during his visit and thereof will help to propel successful studies in this research area. (AU)