Institute for the Physics of Living Systems


IPLS Seminar - Dr. Robert Endres (Imperial College, London)

27 September 2017, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Robert Endres

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UCL (MRC Building, LMCB, 2nd Floor Seminar Room)

Title: Cell-wall remodelling drives engulfment during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis'

Abstract: To survive starvation, Bacillus subtilis forms durable spores. After asymmetric cell division, the septum grows around the forespore in a process called engulfment, but the mechanism of force generation is unknown. In this talk, I will report on our recent progress in understanding the engulfment process, using an integrative approach of time-lapse microscopy from the Pogliano lab at UC San Diego, image analysis, and molecular as well as physics-driven modelling from my group at Imperial College London. I will show that relatively simple principles of cell-wall remodelling can explain the observed dynamics of engulfment in wild-type and drug-treated cells.

Host: Shiladitya Banerjee (shiladitya.banerjee@ucl.ac.uk). Please contact Shila if you would like to meet with Robert during his visit.