Dragana Ajdic Lab

Dragana Ajdic Lab

Principal Investigator: Dragana Ajdic, Ph.D.

Molecular Bacteriology and Bacterial Genetics with a special emphasis on regulatory mechanisms controlling gene expression, mechanisms of pathogenesis, biofilm formation and microbiome of chronic wound biofilms.

Research Summary – Dr. Ajdic’s research is focused on understanding chronic wound and oral biofilms.
Chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), are serious health problem. One of the major contributors to delayed healing is DFU infection. Dr. Ajdic’s team studies bacterial communities infecting DFUs and uses high-throughput sequencing to identify and analyze chronic wound microbiota.

Dr. Ajdic’s NIH-R01 funded project encompasses studies on oral biofilms, specifically Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium implicated in human dental caries. This project focuses on regulation of S. mutans virulence factors in biofilm communities, including carbohydrate transport and metabolism.

Both projects will advance our understanding of biofilms’ relevance in human health.

Appointments

Present

Assistant Professor
Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Faculty
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Past

Assistant Professor, Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Education

Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, YU
Joined program with the University of Oklahoma

M.S. Molecular Bacteriology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, YU

B. S. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia, YU

Postdoctoral Training

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center