From a physicist's point of view, the beautiful and complex systems of bacteria are very intriguing. In this talk, bacteria will be examined from a physics perspective highlighting characteristics of life at low Reynolds number and the effects of mechanics on bacterial behaviours. Bacteria as biomaterials will also be discussed with a focus on pili, the hairlike protein filaments found on the surface of many bacteria. The talk will specifically address type IV pili, which extend and retract like grappling hooks to move certain bacteria along surfaces, and the current research being performed to characterize their flexibility.
The talk is from 3-4 pm (snacks at 2:30!). Make sure to follow the Graduate Seminar Series on Facebook.