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Joshua Shrout

Joshua D Shrout

Email: joshua.shrout@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-1726

Office: 214A Cushing Hall (Mailing address: 156 Fitzpatrick Hall)

Education

Ph.D, University of Iowa, 2002

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University, 1998

B.S., Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, 1994

Biography

Education/Training:

Post-doc. University of Washington/ University of Iowa—Microbiology (2003-2007)

Post-doc. University of Iowa—Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002-2003)

Current Appointments:

Professor Shrout has been a faculty member in the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences since 2007 and a concurrent faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences since 2010.

Center Affiliations:

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Eck Institute for Global Health

Summary of Activities/Interests

 

The Shrout Research Group investigates "sociomicrobiology" and community actions of bacteria that are important to medicine and the environment. Much of our work researches the development of bacterial biofilms.

 

Biofilms are surface-associated communities of bacteria. Surprisingly, very few factors that regulate biofilm growth on various surfaces such as human tissue, medical implants, water intake pipes, teeth, soil particles, or even other microorganisms are understood even for "simple" bacteria. We use an interdisciplinary research approach to understand how physical and chemical environmental cues influence biological behavior of biofilms.

Relatedly, our group researches the motility of bacteria on surfaces. Many bacteria, such as the organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are capable of controlling their surface motility as an initial step in biofilm development. We are working to understand how bacteria orchestrate their response(s).



 

News

New technology could help tackle antibiotic resistance

January 29, 2020

Prakash Nallathamby, research assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has led a published study exhibiting a novel nanoparticle-based system that mimics how phages attack and kill bacteria.

New technology could help tackle antibiotic resistance

January 29, 2020

Prakash Nallathamby, research assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has led a published study exhibiting a novel nanoparticle-based system that mimics how phages attack and kill bacteria.

Morales-Soto and Shrout's Research Featured on Cover of "Journal of Biological Chemistry"

June 15, 2018

Senior Research Scientist Nydia Morales-Soto and Professor Joshua Shrout's research has been featured on the cover of the latest issue of "Journal of Biological Chemistry."

24th Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference at Notre Dame Highlighted by "Journal of Bacteriology"

May 10, 2018

The University of Notre Dame hosted the 24th Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference in August 2017. Topics of the conference were highlighted in the June 2018 issue of "Journal of Bacteriology."

Study reveals how bacteria communicate in groups to avoid antibiotics

April 27, 2018

In a new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen that causes pneumonia, sepsis and other infections, communicates distress signals within a group of bacteria in response to certain antibiotics.