Dr. Robert Burlage
Health Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Robert Burlage investigates the capacity of pathogens to cause infection in humans as they exist in the environment. By fusing known disease-causing microorganisms to bioindicator genes, Dr. Burlage studies when and where microorganisms prepare themselves for infection. Using this knowledge, it may be possible to more effectively combat pathogens before they even enter water treatment systems.
Dr. Burlage studies microorganisms in their natural setting, as opposed to laboratory studies. This facilitates a better understanding of the complex role of nature in the expression of specific bacterial genes, as well as the identification of specific bacterial species and specific chemicals in complex mixtures.
Filmmaker: James Michaels
Project Director and Producer: Ryan Sarnowski
Project Producer: Jenny Plevin
Associate Producer: James Michaels
Post-Production Specialists: Travis Torok & Kyle Probst
Animations: Danny D’Acquisto