Heidi Schraft

Academic Advisor
Associate Professor

Email: 
heidi.schraft@lakeheadu.ca
Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8351
Office Location: 
CB4015
Academic Qualifications: 

HBSc, PhD Zurich Switzerland

Research Interests: 

Molecular Food Microbiology. Interdisciplinary research to improve our basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in persistence or growth of bacteria in food and food production environments. The work concentrates primarily in three areas: 1) studies on biofilm formation by foodborne microorganisms; 2) adaptation of foodborne pathogens to growth at refrigerated temperatures; 3) molecular techniques for detection and ecological studies of bacteria.

Courses

Selected Publications

Barnes, R.J., Leung, K.T., Schraft, H., and Ulanova, M. 2008. Chromosomal gfp labelling of Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a mini-Tn7 transposon: Application for studies of bacteria-host interactions. Can. J. Microbiol 54: 48-57.

Tian, M., Kanavillil, N., Davey, L., Leung, K.T., Schraft, H., and Chen, A. 2007. Direct growth of biofilms on an electrode surface and its application in electochemical biosensoring. J. Electroanal. Chem. 611: 133-139.

Power, L., Itier, S., Hawton, M., and Schraft, H. 2007. Time lapse confocal microscopy studies of bacterial adhesion to self-assembled monolayers and confirmation of a novel approach to the thermodynamic model. Langmuir. 23: 5622-5629.

Watterworth, L., Rosa, B., Schraft, H., Topp, E., and Leung, K.T. 2006. Survival of various ERIC-genotypes of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in well water. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 177: 367-382.

Kanavillil, N., Keeler,W., Schraft, H., andLeung, K.T. 2006. Visible laser and UV-A radiation impact on a PNP degrading Moraxella strain and its rpoS mutant. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 94: 793-802.

Chae, M.S., Schraft, H., Truelstrup-Hansen, L., and Mackereth, R. 2006. Effects of physicochemical surface characteristics of Listeria monocytogenes strains on attachment to glass. Food Microbiology. 23: 250-259.