Microbial adhesion on biomaterials
In modern medicine, biomaterials are increasingly used for implants. Biomaterial associated infections often result in a microbial colonisation of implants. To be able to develop strategies for the avoidance of such infections, the understanding of the mechanisms of the microbial adhesion and the biofilm formation is of crucial importance. In collaboration with the Otto Schott Institute for Material Research at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, we have developed and evaluated an in vitro-test system that enables the examination of microbial adhesion and biofilm formation on biomaterials consisting of different surface properties under constant and reproducible conditions.