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Best Poster award

Martina Iapichino won the Best Poster award during the Fluid and Complexity conference


Publication : 10/12/2018
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Martina Iapichino won the Best Poster award during the Fluid and Complexity conference (5-7 December 2018, Nice, France). She presented her work entitled "Bacterial response to gradients in their physical environment"

Abstract of the poster:

Bacteria biofilms are communities of cells closely packed together inside a polymeric matrix. My project aims at explaining what are the physical mechanisms that enable biofilms to grow and move on a surface as a community. From the physical viewpoint, this community behaves as a gel. Previous work shows that the polymeric matrix produced by the Gram-positive soil bacterium Bacillus Subtilis enables biofilm expansion by causing an osmotic imbalance that draws water from the substrate and makes the biofilm swell and expand. We are exploring whether this mechanism enables biofilms to collectively translocate when in contact with external gradients. To produce the external gradients, we are currently developing at the InPhyNi a custom-made setup. My work will contribute to understand biofilm remarkable adaptation to diverse environments, their response to a changing physical environment and the function associated to polymer production.

 

The poster is available below.