Department of Biology
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Dr. Froelich is an assistant professor of microbiology in the Department of Biology. He came to George Mason University from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after earning his PhD in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Froelich studies the ecophysiology of pathogenic Vibrio bacteria. These bacteria can cause infections ranging from severe diarrhea (gastroenteritis), flesh eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis), or blood infections (septicemia). Infections often require amputation or result in death. These infections are acquired from exposure to coastal water or consumption of raw or undercooked seafood, such as oysters. Dr. Froelich’s research goal is to reduce infections caused by these bacteria using a two-pronged approach. First, understanding the environmental conditions that trigger Vibrio blooms. Second, is to elucidate the intra- and interspecies competition that takes place between bacteria as they compete to colonize particle and host surfaces.