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Studium Generale | What is it like to be... a Bacterium - Judith Armitage

When:Tu 02-03-2021 20:00 - 21:30

Judith Armitage is a British molecular and cellular biochemist at the University of Oxford. She has a general interest in bacterial swimming and chemosensory behaviour as a way to develop models of bacterial “decision making”. Bacteria sense and respond to changes in their environment, by changing gene expression to produce proteins allowing growth in that environment or by swimming towards improving and away from harmful environments. They might also respond by attacking rival bacteria or host cells. In this webinar, we'll discuss 3 questions that are central to her research.

1. How do bacteria know whether or not they are alone? If not alone, are their neighbours friends or enemies?

2. How do bacteria sense and respond to changing environments?

3. How do bacteria know when to divide and are they immortal?

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