The CBE Seminar Series is organized to host experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester, a committee of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2020-2021 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2021 Schedule

  • Thursdays, 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST)
  • Virtual via WebEx






Jan 14

Dr. Paul Sturman

Industrial Coordinator, Center for Biofilm Engineering

The CBE Industrial Associates Program: Our history and forward progress


Jan 21

No Seminar



Jan 28

No Seminar    

Feb 4

Dr. Howard Stone

Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Fluid dynamics of speech: Mechanisms underlying COVID-19 transmission


Feb 11 Dr. Knut Drescher Professor, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology & Philipps-Universität Marburg

Insights into biofilm growth and function enabled by image cytometry


Feb 18

Dr. Gerhard Herndl

Professor, Chair of Aquatic Biology Microbial Oceanography Group Dept. of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Vienna


Biofilm microbial communities in surface and deep waters

Feb 25

Dr. Maryam Salehi

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Memphis


Investigation of the role of biofilm, plastic surface aging, and water chemistry on lead deposition onto and released from plastics


Mar 4

Dr. Hans Steenackers

Assistant Professor, Microbial and Molecular Systems, KU Leuven, Belgium


Cooperation and competition in biofilms: Novel targets for antimicrobial treatment


Mar 11

Dr. Caitlin Proctor

Asst. Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University


The biofilms you bathe with



Mar 18

Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh



Professor, Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Understanding and treating biofilms in wounds




Mar 25

Dr. Hans Bernstein

Associate Professor, Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, The Arctic University of Norway


Hot Lake: A story of salty biofilms, chemical gradients and succession dynamics




Apr 1*

*10:00 a.m. MST


Dr. Alma Dal Co

Postdoctoral Researcher, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University


Interaction networks in microbial communities

Apr 8

Dr. Luanne Hall-Stoodley

Associate Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity; Director, BSL3 Program, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University


Airway Infections: aggregates, bacteria, and biofilms


Contact CBE for WebEx access

Apr 15

Dr. Haluk Beyenal

Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University


Electrochemical control of wound biofilm infections


Contact CBE for WebEx access

Apr 22

No Seminar - Last week of classes

Past Seminars