Microbiology and Toxicology

Our interests and expertise:

  • Bacterial binding to contact lenses
  • Biofilm formation on lens cases and contact lenses
  • Efficacy of biomaterials in blocking ultraviolet radiation
  • Ocular surface cell response to adverse conditions

Laboratory capabilities:

  • Cytotoxicity evaluation
  • Enumeration of bacterial/fungal colony forming units
  • Flow cytometry
  • Identification of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria
  • In vitro testing of UV-absorbing ophthalmic products
  • Microbial growth under aerobic, anaerobic and CO2 conditions
  • Radiolabeling of bacteria
  • Viability of ocular surface cells