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Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, 4002
Phone: +1-508-831-5380
Fax: +1-508-831-5853

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Terri A. Camesano

At WPI, I teach in the department of Chemical Engineering. My favorite teaching activities are working on research projects with graduate and undergraduate students. I love to engage students in the discovery process of research. The work in my lab relates to studying how bacteria attach to different kinds of surfaces. For example, we have been studying whether compounds in cranberry juice can inhibit bacteria from colonizing the cells that line the bladder. We also work on strategies to kill pathogenic bacteria using antimicrobial peptides. These peptides are naturally occurring compounds that can kill different types of bacteria, ranging from foodborne pathogens to bacteria in a hospital environment. Another area I work on is related to environmental engineering. My students are studying whether nanoparticles are toxic toward bacteria that occur naturally in the environment.


For more information on Graduate Studies, go to www.wpi.edu/+gograd.

Research Interests

  • Bacterial Adhesion
  • Biofilms
  • Antimicrobial Peptides
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Nanotechnology


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, 1995
  • BS, Environmental Science, University of Rochester, 1995
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, The University of Arizona, 1997
  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2000

Featured Publications

  • Ivanov, I.E., Kintz, E.N., Porter, L.A., Goldberg, J.B., Burnham, N.A., and T.A. Camesano. Relating the physical properties of Pseudomonas aeruginosa lipopolysaccharides to virulence using atomic force microscopy, Journal of Bacteriology, 2011, 193:1259-1266.
  • Liu, Y., Pinzón-Arango, P.A , Gallardo-Moreno, A.M., and T.A. Camesano. Direct adhesion force measurements between E.coli and human uroepithelial cells in cranberry juice cocktail. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 2010, 54:1744-1752.
  • Strauss, J., Kadilak, A., Cronin, C., Mello, C.M, and T. A. Camesano. Binding, inactivation, and adhesion forces between antimicrobial peptide cecropin P1 and pathogenic E. coli, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2010, 75:156-164.
  • Pinzón-Arango, P.A. Liu, Y., and T.A. Camesano. Role of cranberry on bacterial adhesion forces and implications for E. coli-uroepithelial cell interactions. Journal of Medicinal Food, 2009, 12:259-270.
  • Liu, Y., Gallardo-Moreno, A.M., Pinzon-Arango, P.A., Reynolds, Y., Rodriguez, G., and T.A. Camesano. Cranberry changes the physicochemical surface properties of E. coli and their adhesion with uroepithelial cells. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2008, 65:35-42.

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Professional Highlights

  • NSF Career Award 2003
  • Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Research Award 2005
  • Women of Strength Award 2005 (WPI and Pratt-Whitney)
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