Justin Brantner

Justin Brantner

Title: IB PhD Student
Dept/Program: Biology
Office: ASEC B228
Email: justin3@zips.uakron.edu


As a secondary science education undergraduate here at the University of Akron, a chance meeting through an elective course with Dr. Don Ott is what prompted me to pursue a more research oriented career. After obtaining my BA in AYA science education, I began my MS degree under Dr. Ott’s advisement. Using both cellular and histological techniques, my MS research focused on examining reproductive organs of various clam shrimp species to better understand the variety of mating systems found within this unique group of invertebrates. More specifically, I have used both light and transmission electron microscopy (and associated staining techniques) to locate, identify, and describe reproductive tissue/cells to help answer questions regarding mating systems in various clam shrimp groups.

Research Accomplishments

My PhD work (under the advisement of Dr. Amy Milsted) is focused on complex microbial communities (i.e. biofilms) that grow in the lungs of patients afflicted with cystic fibrosis (CF). More specifically, I will be looking at some of the molecular mechanisms associated with biofilm formation in the cystic fibrotic lung in addition to investigating potential treatment and prevention strategies.


2008 Bachelors of Arts (AYA Science Education), The University of Akron; 2011 Masters of Science (Biology), The University of Akron