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Dr Paul Stoodley PhD

Professor of Microbial Tribology

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Dr Paul Stoodley is Professor of Microbial Tribology within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dr. Stoodley received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Exeter University under Professors Hilary Lappin-Scott in Biology and John Boyle in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Stoodley did his postdoctoral training with Dr. Bill Costerton at the Center for Biofilm Engineering in Bozeman, Montana State University (MSU).

Dr. Stoodley is currently Lecturer in Microbial Tribology with the National Center for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) within the School of Engineering Sciences (SES) at Southampton University in the UK. Previously Dr. Stoodley held the posts of Associate Professor of Immunology and Microbiology and Vice-Director of Imaging at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS) at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Pittsburgh, USA between 2004 and June 2009, where he maintains Adjunct Professor status. While at AGH Dr. Stoodley worked with clinicians in various medical specialties including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, nephrology, and cardiovascular surgery on the development of techniques used to diagnosis bacterial biofilms associated with chronic and local infections. From 1999 to 2004 Dr. Stoodley headed the Biofilm Mechanics group at the Center for Biofilm Engineering where he maintains Affiliate Professor positions within the Departments of Microbiology and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Stoodley serves as a consultant for BioSurface Technologies, Valam Inc., Semprus and Philips Oral Healthcare, where he also serves on the scientific advisory board. Dr. Stoodley is assistant editor of Biofouling journal and is co-organizer of the American Society of Microbiology “Biofilms” conference series. Dr. Stoodley was awarded the 2003 Outstanding Research Award by the College of Engineering, MSU, and a Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) fellowship for collaborative research with Dr. Dirk deBeer at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany. His research interests include the role of biofilm behavior in progression of infectious disease, biofilm development in environmental ecosystems, biofilm-hydrodynamic interactions, biofilm diagnostics in clinical (medical and dental) specimens and biofilm mechanics and disruption. Dr. Stoodley has published over 100 articles including reviews, research papers and book chapters; he has given over ninety seminars where he has presented his work and various aspects of biofilms to academic, industrial and healthcares audiences. He has been invited to speak at over forty international conferences and seminars including five sponsored lectures for the Philips Oral Healthcare “Emerging Trends in Oral Healthcare” series. Dr. Stoodley has been successfully funded from a variety of US government agencies as well as from industrial.

Research interests

  • Control of dental biofilms.
  •  Diagnosis and control of biofilm infections.
  •  Influence of genetic and environmental factors on biofilm development and dynamic behavior.
  •  Mechanical strength of biofilms and removal strategies.
  •  Detachment, antibiotic resistance and virulence of emboli from biofilms.
  •  Biofilm monitoring in medicine, industry and natural environments

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Delivery of fluoride and antimicrobial agents into dental plaque biofilms

Modelling our tiny uninvited guests

Image-based modelling of biofilms.

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Dr Paul Stoodley
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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