Lori Burrows, PhD

The Burrows lab studies how bacteria interact with surfaces using common grappling hook-like virulence factors called type IV pili, which are potential drug and vaccine targets. Further, surface interactions and/or exposure to subinhibitory concentrations of antibiotics lead to the formation of antimicrobial tolerant biofilms. By understanding the pathways that lead to biofilm development, researchers within the Burrows lab aim to learn how to both inhibit and exploit them to identify new antimicrobials.