Lauren Bakaletz, Ph.D.

Scientific Founder

Lauren O. Bakaletz, Ph.D. is a Professor of both Pediatrics and Otolaryngology and serves as Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She and her team study the molecular mechanisms that underlie polymicrobial infections of the respiratory tract, including otitis media, sinusitis, exacerbations of COPD and CF. The Bakaletz lab is actively involved in the design and testing of novel vaccine candidates for the prevention and/or resolution of otitis media, including developing a method to effectively immunize non-invasively by ‘band-aid’ vaccine. The lab also characterizes biofilms induced by multiple bacterial pathogens of chronic and recurrent diseases of the airway, as well as other sites, in an attempt to identify potential targets for intervention or biofilm disruption.

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