Anita Shukla, Assistant Professor of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research. Professor Shukla and her group will work on the development of an advanced antimicrobial field dressing for use in military applications. Military infections exist commonly in a variety of wounds and significantly complicate wound treatment. The cause of these infections can vary from different types of planktonic and biofilm bacteria to fungi, and wounds may contain combinations of several of these microbes. An ideal treatment will address all common sources of military microbial infections from a single device. The field dressing developed in the Shukla Laboratory for Designer Biomaterials will be engineered to deliver optimal concentrations of a variety of antimicrobial therapeutics while limiting exposure to these therapeutics in order to prevent drug toxicity and drug resistance. Control of antimicrobial delivery is especially critical in light of recent warnings by the World Health Organization of an impending “post antibiotic era” in which common infections are lethal due to rising antimicrobial resistance . The advanced antimicrobial dressing developed by the Shukla Laboratory for Designer Biomaterials will drastically improve infection treatment options for the military.