IPLS/BioP Seminar: Dr. Philip Pearce (Harvard University)
03 March 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Title: Bacterial populations and biofilms in fluid flow
Abstract: Bacterial biofilms are surface-associated populations of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix and represent a major form of microbial life on Earth. In their natural environments, ranging from human organs to industrial pipelines, biofilms have evolved to grow robustly under significant fluid shear. However, it is unclear how strong fluid flow alters aspects of the biofilm life cycle including their formation, growth, and dispersal. In this talk, I will discuss how external flow affects biofilms across multiple scales at each of these stages of their life cycle, through transport of signalling molecules, realignment of growing cells, and biofilm deformation and erosion.
Host: Guillaume Charras
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Dr. Philip Pearce
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