Lister, Jessica

Jessica Lister

Address: 540 EMRB
Phone: (319) 335-7996
Email: jessica-lister@uiowa.edu

Mentor: Alexander R. Horswill, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Luther College

Year Entered Into Program: 2013

Research Description

Staphylococcus aureus is a gram-positive opportunistic pathogen that is a major cause of both hospital and community-associated infections. The ability to form a biofilm on implanted devices and host tissues plays an important role in the ability of S. aureus to cause more severe and chronic infections such as osteomyelitis and endocarditis. My research focuses on the characterizing the interaction between the proteins and extracellular DNA (eDNA) that make up the biofilm matrix.


Lister JL, Horswill AR. Staphylococcus aureus biofilms: recent developments in biofilm dispersal Frontiers in Cellular Infect. Microbiol. 2014 4(Dec 2014), Article 178/ p 1-9