Our Team | Brad Borlee

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Brad Borlee


Associate Professor of Bacteriology


Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology


Area of expertise: microbial colonization, bacterial physiology, biofilm dispersal, pathogen aerosols

Microbes have an amazing ability to survive, disperse, and colonize new frontiers. Dr. Brad Borlee uses his expertise in the area of Molecular Microbiology to conduct research on opportunistic bacterial pathogens to determine how these organisms sense, respond, and adapt to changing environmental conditions. The core of the research in the Borlee laboratory is focused on understanding the behavior of bacteria in the context of survival, pathogenicity, and dissemination. His laboratory seeks to understand the physiology of bacteria growing as biofilms and how these bacterial communities sense changing environmental cues (e.g. temperature, nutrients, signal molecules, etc.) that trigger dispersal from those niches.  Dr. Borlee is currently studying the mechanisms of how bacterial saprophytes that reside in soil and aquatic environments are dispersed into the aerobiome where they pose a potential biological threat.