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Call for Papers - Biofilms and its impact on disease

Guest Editors:
Vijay Singh Gondil: University of Rochester, USA
Bindu Subhadra: Long Island University, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2023

BMC Microbiology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biofilms and Disease. The collection aims to cover the bacterial, fungal and protist biofilms, biology of biofilms formation, their antimicrobial resistance, impact on disease and human health from a biological angle, biofilm infections, their role in pathogenesis of disease, interactions with the microbiome, the mechanistic insight into targeting biofilms towards infection cure and new advances in the study of biofilms among other topics.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Vijay Singh Gondil, University of Rochester, USA

Vijay has a PhD in Microbiology from Panjab University Chandigarh with special interest in antibiotic resistance, bacterial infections, biofilms and bacteriophage borne lysins. After his PhD, he worked on the molecular engineering of the bacteriophage borne lysins in the Wuhan Institute of Virology as an ICGEB SMART fellow. As a postdoctoral researcher, Vijay worked in the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and University of Georgia, GA. Currently he is working as a research associate at University of Rochester Medical Center and exploring alternative therapeutic drug target to combat antibiotic resistance.  

Bindu Subhadra, Long Island University, USA
Bindu Subhadra is currently working as a research associate at Long Island University, New York, USA. Bindu has a background in molecular bacteriology and has been working on the transcriptional regulation of various biological processes including biofilm formation, multidrug resistance, virulence, motility, quorum sensing, and pathogenesis of various pathogens including Acinetobacter nosocomialis, uropathogenic Escherichia coli and Mycobacterium. Bindu’s current research focuses on the sRNA regulation and the role of chaperone proteins in the veterinary pathogen, Histophilus somni.

About the collection

BMC Microbiology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biofilms and its impact on disease

Biofilms can be formed by bacteria, fungi and protists. While biofilm formation can have some positive effects like those formed by the commensal, Staphylococcus epidermidis that prevents the colonization by pathogenic bacteria, most biofilms are associated with infection like those seen in Cystic Fibrosis and dental plaque. Biofilm formation aids microbial growth by making them less susceptible to antimicrobials. Biofilms also protect their microorganisms from their host immune system, allowing for establishment and sustenance of long-term infections. The ability of biofilms to survive hostile environments as well as their long-term antimicrobial-resistant colonization on surfaces make them chronic and difficult to treat. As this has become more and more prevalent, research on how biofilms are formed, their pathogenicity and combating strategies have been at the forefront of infection biology and medicine. In recognition of this expanding research area, BMC Microbiology welcomes submissions to the collection on Biofilms and its impact on disease and human health. The collection broadly aims to cover the following topics:

  • Biofilm formation and functionality
  • Positive and negative effects of biofilms on human health
  • Biofilm and infection
  • Biofilms and antibiotic resistance
  • Biofilm dispersal and prevention
  • Biofilms and microbiome 
  • Role in pathogenesis of disease
  • Cell-cell communication within the biofilm context
  • New technologies and advances in biofilm research (with its impact of disease)
  • Targets for treatment of biofilm infections
  • Antibiofilm agents and strategies
  • Regulation of biofilms
  • Biofilms and alternative agents

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, SNAPP. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Biofilms and its impact on disease" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.