Welcome to the McNealy Lab Website at Clemson University!

Fall 2016
And we're back!

With nine undergraduate and one graduate student members, the McNealy lab is back in action as the Fall semester begins. Find out what our students did with their summers and what they're working on now!

The McNealy lab is all about adaptability. How do we react to the world around us? In particular how do microbes react to the world around them and how does that affect the way we react to them. Our lab focuses on microbial biofilms of food and water - inn this niche, microbes exist, persist, survive and adapt to a wide variety of factors.

The biofilms of man-made aquatic systems are one interest. Here bacteria, archaea, protozoa and fungi unite and interact. They interact with each other, and they respond to a wide array of environmental conditions and contaminants. Man made water systems are proving to be an ideal environment for persistence and proliferation of pathogens such as Legionella pneumophila - which causes Legionnaire's Disease. Understanding these interactions and reactions can lead to advances in how to control and eradicate biofilms as well as potentially identifying unique bacterial genes that can be targeted for development of antimicrobials and therapies.

We also research how to improve detection of biofilms found on food - in particular on ready to eat produce. E. coli and Salmonella cause millions of infections each year and their contamination of food leads to large recalls which are economically disastrous to producers. Collaborative efforts to improve detection of pathogens before the produce leaves the field will significantly reduce both disease and economic impact of these pathogens.

Click through our website to find out more and see some brilliant images and video of our current research. You’ll also find out more about the people in the lab, our activities, opportunities in the lab and our publications. Feel free to contact Dr. McNealy or any of the McNealy lab members with any questions.

The McNealy lab is currently recruiting for a Masters level graduate student to begin in January 2016. This student will work on the food pathogen/produce biofilm project. Contact Dr. McNealy if interested.

Current opportunities for undergraduate students may be available in the McNealy lab starting in Spring 2016. See the Opportunities Section for more information. Contact the lab for more information.

If you'd like to know more about the lab, feel free to contact any of the lab members for information, you can find their email addresses under their pictures on the About Us page. Please contact Dr. McNealy specifically regarding positions.