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Prof Staffan KJELLEBERG
Distinguished University Professor, NTU; Centre Director and Research Director (Biofilm Biology)
Professor, School of Biological Sciences, NTU

Professor Staffan Kjelleberg is internationally renowned for his research into bacterial biofilm biology, chemically mediated interactions used by bacteria and higher organisms, and harnessing/controlling biofilms for environmental, engineering and public health applications. His research programmes focus on understanding the role of ecologically relevant complex microbial communities that form the default biofilm mode of life. Kjelleberg has adopted an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on the overall community structure, function and performance of microbial biofilms as well as the mechanisms of their communication and micro-ecological interactions. Commonalities in biofilm biology underpin this broad-based translational research.

Kjelleberg’s scientific breakthroughs involve establishing an in-depth understanding of intra- and extracellular communication and host-microbe interactions, including interkingdom signalling and the discovery of the first quorum sensing inhibitor produced by eukaryotes; the paradigm shift from population to community focus, for deciphering biofilm traits and interactions; understanding biofilm matrix biophysical properties; discovery of regulatory events driving biofilm differentiation and dispersal; and developing novel antimicrobials targeting biofilm-unique traits.

Several components of Kjelleberg’s research form the basis of translational opportunities. Kjelleberg is proactive in facilitating significant industrial, clinical and agency engagement and effective dissemination of biofilm-centred and microbiological knowledge to local and international audiences. He is a Web of Science “Highly Cited Researcher” (2018; top 1% of his field).

As SCELSE's centre director, Prof. Kjelleberg promotes an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on overall community structure, function and performance of microbial biofilms as well as mechanisms behind their communication and micro-ecological interactions. Commonalities in biofilm biology underpin this broad-based translational research. He brings together the complementary top-down meta-omics/systems biology and bottom-up biofilm mechanism approaches for a diverse scope of applications, from environmental engineering in the urban water cycle to public health and sustainable ecosystems.


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