Dou Yang Zhao
Masters student in clinical and molecular microbiology
His project is around biofilm infection on intravascular catheters. Pathogens like s.aureus, s.epidermidis are able to form biofilm on intravascular catheters. When the biofilm has matured, it will show high tolerance to clinical antibiotics and potenially cause serious and systemic bloodstream infection, especially when biofilm disperses. His research focuses on the common isolated pathogen s.aureus. He will quantify and observe biofilm formation and antibotic resistance of one isolate of s.aureus from intravascular catheters, in both 96-well plate and a novel floating system.