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The Jennings Lab

Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections

are a global public health threat.

 Our research aims to change that. 


The Jennings Lab studies bacterial factors that impact infection outcomes. Our research has two primary focus areas: 1) Unraveling the influence of biofilm polysaccharides on pathogenesis and vaccine escape, and 2) Epigenetics and programmed heterogeneity in drug-resistant bacteria. Our goal is to leverage insights from these areas to develop innovative approaches to combat bacterial infections.

Laura K. Jennings, PhD (she/her) is a microbiology research professor

 in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana

and affiliate of the Center for Translational Medicine.

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My Story

Current Position:

Microbiology Research Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Translational Medicine, University of Montana

Courses Taught:

BIOM 410 Microbial Genetics 


Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology, University of Washington

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University


Small colony variants from murine lung infection

Impact of DNA methylation on phenotypic heterogeneity in drug-resistant bacteria. 

Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm overexpression the Pel polysaccharide.

Influence of bacterial polysaccharides on treatment outcomes.

A P. aeruginosa vaccine could help prevent airway infections in people with cystic fibrosis.

Optimization of a polysaccharide vaccine to prevent or treat bacterial infections. 

Contact Us

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Want to talk science or collaborate?

Let's connect.

University of Montana

32 Campus Drive, HS104

Missoula, MT 59812

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