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Biofilm formation.

Several IU microbiologists study bacterial multicellular behavior, such as biofilm formation.

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Current News

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Peter Hollenhorst and colleagues have found evidence that the molecular mechanism involved in the development of most prostate cancers is very similar to the molecular mechanism known to cause a rare form of cancer found in children, which suggests that the mechanism might be used to explore a common treatment for both diseases. Graduate students Taylor Nicholas and Joshua Plotnik (Hollenhorst lab) contributed. [ IU news release | article ]
  • Graduate student Daniel Schwab and undergraduate student Hailey Riggs, with professors Irene Newton and Armin Moczek in The American Naturalist: "Developmental and ecological benefits of the maternally transmitted microbiota in a dung beetle." [ press release | article ]
  • News from the Brun lab: (1) Professor Yves Brun received a 4-year, $1.6 million grant from NIH to study how bacterial cell wall synthesis is controlled in order to produce different cell shapes and how different bacterial shapes evolve; (2) Postdocs David Kysela and Amelia Randish and graduate student Paul Caccamo in PLoS Biology about the diversity of bacterial shape; (3) Professors Yves Brun and Stephen Jacobson (Chemistry) received a 4-year, $1.1 million grant from NIH to study bacterial aging; and (4) C&E News featured a research article by graduate student Joshua Baker (Jacobson lab) and postdoc David Kysela about microfluidic devices to study how bacteria change over generations. [ PLoS article | C&EN article ]
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