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Paul Egland, Ph.D.

paul.egland@augie.edu

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Position:

  • 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:

Dr. Egland's general research interest is the interactions of microbes growing in biofilm communities or in association with a host. These communities have included bacterial biofilms, human dental plaque bacteria and bacterial communities in Nicrophorus burying beetles. Egland's current research involves studying the ability of influence of animal tissue products, namely placenta -derived factors on bacterial viability. This project, done in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Gubbels at Augustana, involves determining maternal and fetal contribution to antibacterial factors that are produced by the placenta. We have detected antimicrobial activity in both maternal and fetal portions of cow, sheep and pig placenta. We are in the process of identifying the active molecule in extracts from these tissues.