Dr. Samuel Justin Traina, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of California, Merced cordially invites you to the Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series presenting Clarissa J. Nobile, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Merced "Microbial films: Why are they important, how do they form, and what does this mean for you?"
Clarissa J. Nobile is a microbiologist and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the
University of California, Merced. She is also co-founder and chief executive officer of
BioSynesis, Inc., a Bay Area startup company that works to establish biofilm-specific
diagnostics and therapeutics to detect and treat recalcitrant hospital infections.
Before joining the UC Merced faculty, Nobile undertook her postdoctoral studies at the
University of California, San Francisco, and earned her doctoral degree in microbiology
with distinction from Columbia University. Nobile’s research is directed toward understanding the molecular and mechanistic basis of microbial communities. Her work has been published extensively and she is the recipient of numerous scientific awards, including from the American Society for Microbiology and the Genetics Society of America.
In 2015, she was selected as a Pew Biomedical Scholar, a recognition given annually by The Pew Charitable Trusts to 20 outstanding biomedical researchers for their seminal research contributions to human health.
Studies of microorganisms have largely been carried out in free-floating (planktonic) cultures; however, the environmental and medical impacts of most microorganisms depend on their abilities to form resilient surface-associated communities called biofilms.
Biofilms are the predominant growth state of most microorganisms on biotic and abiotic surfaces. In this talk we will learn about what biofilms really are, why they are important, and how they form. She will also discuss her lab’s newest discoveries on one particular type of biofilm formed by the most common human fungal commensal and pathogen, Candida albicans.