Montana State University
Center for Biofilm Engineering: Biofilm research & education relevant to industry, health, and the environment

At the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), multidisciplinary research teams develop beneficial uses for microbial biofilms and find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems. The CBE was established at Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1990 as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. As part of the MSU College of Engineering, the CBE gives students a chance to get a head start on their careers by working on research teams led by world-recognized leaders in the biofilm field.

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September 24, 2015

MSU-CBE faculty member Darla Goeres, associate research professor in chemical and biological engineering, was recently awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Innovation in Regulatory Science Award.


September 18, 2015

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million for the creation of a new nanotechnology center at MSU.


July 16, 2015

In 2015, the Center for Biofilm Engineering marks the 25th anniversary of its founding as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

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September 23, 2015

Congratulations to MSU-CBE graduate and first author James Connolly, students, and faculty on their feature article “Estimation of a biofilm-specific reaction rate: Kinetics of bacterial urea hydrolysis in a biofilm,” in Nature Publication Journals Biofilms and Microbiomes.


July 20, 2015

Matthew Fields, professor of microbiology and immunology at Montana State University, has been named director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) in MSU‘s College of Engineering.

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