Lori L. Burrows received her B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Guelph in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Bacterial Genetics under the supervision of Professor Reggie Lo at the University of Guelph in 1993. She was an NSERC Industrial Fellow at Langford Cyanamid (1993-95) and a Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kinsmen Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Joe Lam at the University of Guelph (1995-99). After 7 years as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Surgery, University of Toronto, she moved to McMaster University where she is Professor and Associate Chair, Research, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, cross-appointed to the Dept. of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research. She was a CIHR New Investigator (2004-9), and the recipient of the Elsie Winifred Crann Award (U. of Toronto) and George Armstrong-Peters Prize (U. of Toronto). She is Chair of the CIHR Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Peer Review panel (2010-2015) and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bacteriology. Dr. Burrows’ research interests include the biosynthesis, glycosylation, and function of common bacterial fibers called type IV pili (T4P) that allow pathogens to interact with the host, spread across surfaces via twitching motility, and form antibiotic tolerant biofilms. The lab also studies coordination of T4P assembly system construction with bacterial cell division, and the role of peptidoglycan metabolism in Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic resistance.
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