Karen Visick is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Health Sciences Division of Loyola University Chicago. Visick and her group have made significant contributions to the fields of microbial genetics, gene regulation, symbiosis, and biofilm formation. Her recent work has focused on the mechanisms controlling host-associated biofilm formation using the Vibrio fischeri-squid symbiosis model. Her group determined that biofilm formation is a key stage in symbiotic colonization by identifying genes and regulators necessary for polysaccharide production, symbiotic biofilm formation and host colonization. This work demonstrated that in vitro biofilm phenotypes like wrinkled colonies and pellicles could be used to predict colonization success, resulting in a facile approach to investigating mechanisms of control.
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