PROF. BRETT FROELICH

I study the ecology and physiology of human pathogens, specifically Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus

These bacteria typically gain access to the human host when eating raw shellfish, especially oysters.

Better understanding of the ecological and physiological interactions between Vibrio and shellfish can ultimately lead to fewer infections.

Latest Updates

December 6, 2018

The Intrastate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC, http://www.issc.org/home) has awarded the Froelich Lab with $35,000 to examine the role of extreme climatic events on concentrations of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in shellfish.  

December 1, 2018

Research we performed was used in the National Climate Assessment in the Human Health section, Chapter 14.  

https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/14/

November 30, 2018

An grant by NC SeaGrant was awarded to the Froelich Lab to develop and probiotic treatment for oysters that would reduce the risk of human infections.  This two year project provides $152,000 and research on the project has already begun.  The goal of this resea...

August 12, 2017

The Holiday 2016 issue of Coastwatch, published by NC SeaGrant includes an article in which the project examining the differences between wild and farmed oysters is featured.  The entire article can be accessed here and subscriptions to Coastwatch can be obtaine...

August 5, 2017

I join Jared Brumbaugh to discuss an ongoing project in which we are investigating the differences in Vibrio concentrations found in oysters that are harvested wild vs. grown in aquaculture.  The full story can be heard here.

July 29, 2017

In a collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, we show two human pathogens and their complicated relationships in seafood and coastal waters. 

July 25, 2017

In a recent paper published by our lab in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, we outline how clams and oysters, both filter feeders, have different concentrations of human pathogenic Vibrio, even when harvested at the same time and in the same locations.

August 24, 2016

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jam.13246/full

April 27, 2016

I had the opportunity to discuss research our research project, headed by Dr. Rachel Noble, with members of the NC General Assembly and General Administration.  During the talk, I shucked an oyster on stage and ate it in front of everyone.  Trying to get the poi...

February 23, 2016

The human-pathogenic marine bacteria Vibrio vulnificus and V. parahaemolyticus are strongly correlated with water temperature, with concentrations increasing as waters warm seasonally. Both of these bacteria can be concentrated in filter-feeding shellfish,...

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