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.

CBE Web Feature

June 29, 2016

A recent field-scale demonstration marked a significant milestone toward commercialization of a technology developed by Montana State University (MSU) to mitigate fluid migration through unwanted leakage pathways near wells.


June 21, 2016

MSU-CBE doctoral graduate Heidi Smith was recently featured by MSU News for her publication in Nature Publication Journals (npj) Biofilms and Microbiomes “Biofilms on glacial surfaces: Hot spots for biological activity.”


April 4, 2016

Al Parker, bio-statistician at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), was recently awarded a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level 1.

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July 1, 2016

Brett Gunnink, dean of MSU’s College of Engineering, was honored with the Advocates and Allies Award from the Women in Engineering Proactive Network.


June 6, 2016

Jeff Simkins and Sarah Mailhiot were recently awarded an 8-week fellowship in the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Program (EAPSI).

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