Lori Burrows, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
905-525-9140 ext. 22029
McMaster University, HSC 4H18
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton ON
L8N 3Z5
The Burrows lab studies how bacteria interact with surfaces using common grappling hook-like virulence factors called type IV pili, which are potential drug and vaccine targets. Surface interactions and/or exposure to subinhibitory concentrations of antibiotics lead to the formation of antimicrobial tolerant biofilms. By understanding the pathways that lead to biofilm development, we can both inhibit and exploit them to identify new antimicrobials.