Faculty Associate, Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
Heather Bean and her research team in the School of Life Sciences study the metabolomes of the polymicrobial communities in chronic lung infections, utilizing advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometry methods in untargeted metabolomics analyses. They have specific interests in identifying metabolites that correspond to the dominant infection species, clinically-relevant infection phenotypes, microbe-microbe interactions, and host-microbiome interactions in the lung. The goals of this work are to translate these metabolites into biomarkers for diagnosing and characterizing chronic lung infections, and to identify new therapeutic targets for managing or eradicating the microbial communities in the lung.