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Arnold School of Public Health

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Alan W. Decho, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Title: Associate Dean for Research & Professor
Director, Microbial Interactions Laboratory
Department: Office of Research
Arnold School of Public Health
Phone: 803-777-0998
Office: Discovery I
915 Greene Street, 503C

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Microbial Interactions Laboratory


Research and Teaching Interests

Alan Decho’s research interests center on attached forms of bacteria, called 'biofilms'. In biofilms, bacteria occur in protected, coordinated groups rather than as individual cells. Biofilms are microscopic (invisible) coatings and are important in health, disease and environmental processes. In health processes, these forms of bacteria commonly occur in/on the human body in many areas. They are important to proper health, but also play central roles in infection, and are also the predominant form of microbial life in natural environments. Dr. Decho currently teaches a graduate-undergraduate course on 'Biofilms in the Environment, Health and Disease.

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