Kurt Piepenbrink

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Assistant Professor Food Science and Technology kpiepenbrink2@unl.edu 402-472-6753 262 Food Innovation Center

The overall goal for our research program is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria interact with their surroundings, including host cells, other bacteria, abiotic surfaces and extracellular structures. Our current focus is on type IV filaments, a class of extracellular appendages common to a wide range of bacteria, which we study through a combination of integrated structural biology, biochemical characterization of their protein subunits and manipulation of bacterial genetics.