Department of Biomedical Engineering
Migration patterns of humpback whales have been monitored using 316L stainless steel (SS) satellite telemetry tags. The potential for tissue infection and necrosis is increased if the bacteria, naturally a part of the diverse microbiome on the skin of humpback whales, can adhere to and colonize the surface of the tags. Polydopamine (pDA) has the potential to prevent the adhesion of one of the most prevalent bacterial strains on the surface of the skin of cetaceans (
Kord Fooroshani, P.,
Development and Characterization of an Antimicrobial Polydopamine Coating for Conservation of Humpback Whales..
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