Courtney Reichhardt

Courtney Reichhardt

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
research interests:
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Solid-State NMR
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Biofilms

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The Reichhardt Lab seeks to answer: What are the fundamental biophysical principles of biofilm assembly? Since this question spans several scales—multicellular to atomic—we are developing multidisciplinary approaches that integrate microbiological methods with physical chemistry tools including microscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Our research is anticipated to lead to improved models to study biofilms, which will be useful in the development of anti-biofilm therapeutics. Additionally, the tools that we develop will be useful for studying other complex materials.

Selected Publications

Reichhardt C., Wong C., Passos da Silva D., Wozniak D.J., and M.R. Parsek, CdrA interactions within the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm matrix safeguard it from proteolysis and promote cellular packing. mBio 2018, 9, e01376-18.

Tseng B.S.*, Reichhardt C.*, Merrihew G.E., Harrison J.J., MacCoss M.J., and M.R. Parsek, A biofilm matrix-associated protease inhibitor protects Pseudomonas aeruginosa from proteolytic attack. mBio 2018, 9, e00543-18 [*co-first authors]

Reichhardt C.*, Ferreira J.A.G.*, Joubert L.M., Clemons K.V., Stevens D.A., and L. Cegelski, Analysis of the Aspergillus fumigatus biofilm extracellular matrix by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. Eukaryotic Cell 2015, 14, 1064-1072. [*co-first authors]

Reichhardt C., Fong J. N., Yildiz F., and L. Cegelski, Characterization of the Vibrio cholerae extracellular matrix: a top-down solid-state NMR approach. Biochimica Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes 2015, 1848, 378-383.



K99/R00 “Pathway to Independence” Award, NIGMS (2019-2024)
Postdoc-to-Faculty Transition Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2019-2024)
Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Fellowship, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2017-2019)  
Althouse Family Stanford Graduate Fellowship (2013-2015)
Beckman Scholar, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (2009-2010)