Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Silvia Rossbach

Second Advisor

Richard Van Enk


Clostridium difficile colitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the colon and diarrhea. This can even lead to death in some cases. The incidence of this infection and its overall effects have been on the rise throughout the last twenty years as antibiotics have been prescribed more frequently. Therefore, it is necessary that the rate of C. difficile infection is lowered by improved guidelines for hospitals, so that fewer people are infected and also that fewer antibiotics are prescribed to avoid the infection with C. difficle.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation