Dr. Van Epps has broad multidisciplinary background in the fields of bio/chemical engineering, molecular biology, and medicine. Since coming to the University of Michigan, his research interests have focused on infections of implanted medical devices and novel technologies to prevent bacterial adhesion, colonization, and infection of these devices. Over this time, he has developed and optimized several assays and tools to evaluate bacterial adhesion, characterize new materials, evaluate bacteria response to nanomaterial suspensions and substrates, and evaluate pacification of those materials. This work thus far has demonstrated the potential for zinc oxide nanomaterials as antimicrobial device coatings. His previous projects successfully combined engineering (both analysis and design) with traditional biological experiments using both in vitro and large animal models. His current research focuses on the prevention and treatment of medical device related infection.