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Paul Stoodley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Vice Director for Imaging Center for Genomic Sciences
Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4772
Phone: (412) 359-6876

Research Interests:

  • Influence of genetic and environmental factors on biofilm development and dynamic behavior.
  • Mechanical strength of biofilms and removal strategies.
  • Detachment, antibiotic resistance and virulence of emboli from biofilms.
  • Biofilm monitoring in medicine, industry and natural environments.


Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Exeter University, Exeter UK. June 1999.
Thesis title: The influence of liquid flow and nutrients on biofilm structure and behaviour.

B.Sc. Environmental Sciences 2(II) Hons., Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, 1979 - 1982.

Professional Experience:

2004 - present

Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine Allegheny Campus, Center for Genomic Sciences, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

1999 to 2004

Assistant Research Professor, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.

1994 to present

Principal Scientific Consultant, Bio-Surface Technologies Inc. Bozeman, MT.

1996 - 1999

Research Fellow/Ph.D. candidate, School of Biological Sciences, Exeter University, UK.


Research Specialist/Lab Manager, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University


Site Geophysicist, Cumbria and Lancashire Archaeological Unit, Lancaster University, UK.


Laboratory Technician, Wessex Water Authority, Somerset, UK.

 Areas of Expertise:

Biofilm mechanics.
Biofilm Microbiology relating to Structure, Hydrodynamics, and Mass Transport.
Confocal Laser Microscopy and Digital Time-Lapse Image Analysis.
Microbial Fouling and Corrosion in Industrial Systems.

Publications, Presentations and Web Based Materials:

Over 60 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings. In addition I have materials on the web at the ASM peer reviewed MicrobeLibrary collection (peer reviewed) and the Center for Biofilm Engineering Movie Archive Site. I have been invited to speak and present workshops at 25 International Conferences in the US, Asia and Europe and have been invited to lecture to various industrial companies.

Awards, Boards and Affiliations:

2003 Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Montana State University-Bozeman.

Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) fellowship for 3 months study (1 month summer 2002, 1 month summer 2004) in Delmonorst, Germany for collaborative research with Dr. Dirk deBeer and the Microsensors Group at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany.

Affiliate Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University - Bozeman.

Organizing Committees:

ASM Conference "Biofilms 2003" Victoria, BC. Nov 1-6, 2003.
ASM Conference "Biofilms 2007"

Editorial board: "Biofouling: Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research" (Assistant Editor) and "Biofilms"

Reviewer: J. Bacteriol., Biotech. Bioeng., Biotech. Progress, J. Microbiol. Methods, Trends Microbiol., J. Molecular Biol., App. Environ. Microbiol., Microbiology, J. Dental Res.

Member: American Society for Microbiology, Society for General Microbiology, International Water Association.

Grant Review Panels: NIH/NHLBI special emphasis panel (SEP) for RFA HL-02-013 SCOR. 3/03.


2003 Spring Semester MB500. Environmental Microbiology Seminar.

2001-2003 ENVE566 Fundamentals of Biofilm Eng. Guest Lecture

Emerging Trends in Oral Healthcare 2003. Lecture included in web cast course for continuing education program as approved by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. Available at in the "Dental Professionals" section.

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