Using in vitro and in vivo models to investigate prevention and treatment of orthopaedic-related infections

Faculty Name:
Catherine Loc-Carrillo

Internal Medicine

Faculty College:


Project Description:

By utilizing bioluminescent bacteria, which can be detected using a luminescent imaging system, we can follow the development of bone and wound infections in small animal models. The project involves studying new treatment methods and alternative antimicrobials to prevent and/or treat such infections. Our research is focused at improving the quality of healthcare available to Veterans.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Conduct experiments (involving lab bench or animal studies) using multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) to test the safety and efficacy of antimicrobials.

Student Benefits:

Learn to develop your: critical thinking and analytical skills; teamwork and organizational skills; as well as gain knowledge in microbiology and infection diseases.

Project Duration:

Projects take at least 12 months to complete and require at least 12 hours per week.

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma in Biology (AP prefered). It's also advantageous if you have a curious mind, a passion for investigative work, and are a pro-active learner.