Infection studies

Understanding the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal infection and developing customized interventions


In vitro testing
  • Antimicrobial efficacy testing of anti-infective surfaces
  • Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on test materials
  • Imaging of test surfaces with or without bacteria/biofilm using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Biobank of clinical bacterial isolates from patients with bone and implant infection


Animal models
  • Mouse, rat, rabbit, and sheep models of infection prevention
  • Rat, rabbit, and sheep models of infection treatment
  • Experience in working with antibiotic resistant pathogens (eg, MRSA)
  • Systemic and local application of antibiotics/antimicrobials histological preparation
  • Histological analysis of infected tissues with bacteria-specific staining


  • Determining antimicrobial efficacy of specific devices or biomaterials
  • Quantitative bacteriological analysis of biological specimens including bone
  • Quantitative analysis of explanted hardware




  • Microbiologists (PhDs) experienced in infection studies
  • PhD level scientists and experienced project leaders
  • Highly qualified technicians



Ulrich Bentz

AO Research Institute Davos
Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos Platz

Tel.: +41 81 414 23 26

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