Professor Matt Chapman is one of 65 new fellows elected to the Class of 2023 of the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy is an honorific leadership group and a think tank within the American Society of Microbiology. The fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The Academy recognizes excellence, originality, service and leadership in the microbial sciences.
A faculty member of MCDB since 2003, Chapman also currently serves as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.
The Chapman lab seeks to understand amyloid formation by studying the biogenesis of an amyloid fiber produced by bacteria called curli. Curli fibers produced by E. coli and other enterobacteriaceae members are important determinants of biofilm formation and are proposed to be virulence factors. The lab uses a variety of biochemical, microscopic, and genetic techniques to elucidate how E. coli assembles these biologically fascinating fibers.
The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 30,000 scientists and health practitioners. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.