Profs. Peter Bruggeman and Mike McAlpine Receive Grant from NSF's Big Ideas Program

Professor Peter Bruggeman, in collaboration with Professor Mike McAlpine, received a five-year Growing Convergent Research (GCR) grant from NSF. This is part of the Big Ideas funding program, which supports areas of "pioneering research" that "serve the Nation's future." This is the first Minnesota-based project to receive GCR funding.

The project, "Plasma-Biofilm Interactions at the Intersection of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering," aims to develop the science required to understand the impact of plasmas on communities of living cells. The group's focus is on biofilms, which have the potential to create a new way of treating antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA. This multidisciplinary project includes collaborators from the U of M College of Biological Sciences, the U of M Medical School, and the University of Michigan

Want to learn more? Read NSF's grant synopsis here.