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Paul Egland, Ph.D.

paul.egland@augie.edu

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Position:

  • Associate Professor, Biology
  • Chief Health Professions Advisor
  • Augustana University

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Iowa
  • B.A., Biology, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Current Research: The general research interest of the Egland lab is interactions of microbes within communities. These have included communities human dental plaque biofilm communities and bacterial communities in Nicrophorus burying beetles. The aim of one current project in the Egland lab is to isolate native South Dakota microbes, specifically Saccharoyces spp., and Lactobaclilus spp. for use in the commercial brewing industry. These organisms work together to make beer and give the product its characteristic flavors. Isolation and use of local microbes could have the added benefit of a unique array of secondary metabolites, compared to commercially available strains.

Another project that is beginning in the Egland lab involves studying the antibiotic resistance of biofilms of antibiotic resistant bacteria from agriculturally important animals. This project will involve gene targeted mutation and analysis of biofilm phenotypes of resultant mutants.