Decho, Alan W

Associate Dean

Dr. Decho's laboratory researches attached microbial communities, called "BIOFILMS". Biofilm formation is important to the fundamental functioning of natural systems, but is also a significant problem in engineered systems and biomedical processes (e.g. hospital-acquired infections and persistent infections, biofouling of implant devices, and engineered drug delivery). We study processes related to biofilms including chemical communication among bacteria, nanoparticle delivery of antibiotics.

Biographical Profile

College
Arnold School of Public Health
Department
Environmental Health Sciences
Tenure Status
Tenured

International Activity

International Activities
Yes
Type of Activity
Research
Countries
United Kingdom, Australia, Germany
Institutional Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Nanotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Science and Engineering (Other), Health Sciences
Speaks Non-English Language
No

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Undergraduates and Graduates
Interest Keywords
Bacteria, biofilms, nanoparticles, environment, oceans, antibiotics, health, spectroscopic approaches
Institutional Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Nanotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Science and Engineering (Other), Health Sciences
Personal Focus Areas
Microbiology- biofilms, antibiotic development, nanoparticle approaches to microbiology

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
1982 - 1987 Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana PhD Biology/Microbiology
1979 - 1982 Ohio University Athens, Ohio MS Biology/Microbiology
1974 - 1979 Eastern Connecticut State University Willamantic, Connecticut BA Biology/Geology

Memberships & Professional Activities

Dates Type Description Institution/Entity
2008 - 2009 Professional Activity Chair, Arnold School of Public Health Research Award Committee
2008 Professional Activity Review Panel- Proposals, National Science Foundation
2008 - 2009 Professional Activity Chair, Tenure & Promotions Committee
2009 Professional Activity Chair, Faculty Grievance Committee
10/2014 Professional Activity Associate Dean for Research Arnold School of Public Health, USC
06/2019 - 06/2019 Professional Activity NASA Review Panel NASA
2004 Professional Activity Conference Organizer, American Society of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO), Bi-Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
1987 - 1988 Fulbright-Hays PostDoc Scholar, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Queensland, Australia
1988 - 1992 Post-Doctoral Researcher, State University of New York- Stony Brook, New York
1989 - 1993 NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California
1994 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
1998 - 2002 Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Microbiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
2003 Professor, Tenured, Microbiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
03/2013 - 06/2013 Fulbright Senior Scholar University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
2013 Award Fulbright Scholar Fulbright Foundation
Award Educational Foundation Research Award in Health Sciences
Award Researcher of the Year Award, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
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