Princeton University and Microsoft to collaborate on microbiology research

Recently, Princeton University announced its collaboration with Microsoft in which Microsoft will be helping Princeton in microbiology and computational modelling research. The research will be focused on understanding the mechanisms of biofilm formation and Microsoft will be providing its cloud and advanced machine learning capabilities.

Biofilms — surface-associated communities of bacteria — are the leading cause of microbial infection worldwide and kill as many people as cancer does. They are also a leading cause of antibiotic resistance, a problem highlighted by the World Health Organization as “a global crisis that we cannot ignore.” Understanding how biofilms form could enable new strategies to disrupt them.

Microsoft is also offering a cloud-based prototype that can be used for biological modelling and experimentation that will be used at Princeton.

“This collaboration enables us to bring together advances in computing and microbiology in powerful new ways,” said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. “This partnership can help us unlock answers that we hope someday may help save millions of people around the world.”

“By combining our distinctive strengths, Princeton and Microsoft will increase our ability to make the discoveries needed to improve lives and serve society,” said Christopher L. Eisgruber, president of Princeton University. “Technology is creating new possibilities for collaboration, and we hope this venture will inspire other innovative partnerships in the years ahead.”

Learn more about this announcement here.