Lia Michaels

Bomberger lab

Lia started working with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) biofilms in 2010 and never looked back. She graduated from The University of Washington, Seattle in 2015 with a BS in Microbiology and then worked as a Lab Manager in Pa biofilm labs at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Montana before joining the Bomberger lab at Dartmouth College. Lia has worked with Pf bacteriophage, studying their contribution to Pa biofilms and their biophysical properties. She has a background in bacterial genetics and has made too many merodiploids to count! Lia loves cows, cooking/baking, and hanging out with her daughter Larkin.


HB Hinman Box 7556

Selected Publications

  • Secor PR, Michaels LA, Bublitz DC, Jennings LK, and Singh PK. 2022. The Depletion Mechanism Actuates Bacterial Aggregation by Exopolysaccharides and Determines Species Distribution and Composition in Bacterial Aggregates. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 12:869736 doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2022.869736

    Secor PR, Michaels LA, Ratjen A, Jennings LK, Singh PK. 2018. Entropically driven aggregation of bacteria by host polymers promotes antibiotic tolerance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PNAS 115 (42) 107880-0785.

    Secor PR, Michaels LA, Smigiel KS, Rohani MG, Jennings LK, Hisert KB, Arrigoni A, Braun KR, Birkland TP, Lai Y, Hallstrand TS, Bollyky PL, Singh PK, Parks WC. 2017. Filamentous bacteriophage produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa alters the inflammatory response and promotes noninvasive infection in vivo. Infection & Immunity 85:e00648-16.

    Secor PR, Sweere JM, Michaels LA, Malkovskiy AV, Lazzareschi D, Katznelson E, Rajadas J, Birnbaum ME, Arrigoni A, Braun KR, Evanko SP, Stevens DA, Kaminsky W, Singh PK, Parks WC, Bollyky PL. 2015. Filamentous bacteriophage promote biofilm assembly and antibiotic tolerance. Cell Host & Microbe 18:549-559.