Seminar Announcement, 10/18/2016
Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 10/18/2016
Tuesday, 10/18/2016
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Albert Libchaber
The Rockefeller University

"Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria: Dynamics in Natural Sediment, Crystalline Organization in Simple Geometry"

ABSTRACT


The dynamics of complex microbial communities are observed in a 2D ecosystem composed of natural sediment, collected from a salt marsh. Sulfur-oxidizing microbes organized into an extremely thin front of cells that propagates towards the surface at a constant velocity. The consumption of oxygen forces dissimilar microbes together into a moving front stabilized by competing gradients of sulfur and oxygen. In a simpler geometry we study the crystallization of Thiovulum Majus one of the sulfur-oxidizing bacterium.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

University of Chicago, Professor 19831991
Princeton University, Professor 19911994
The Rockefeller University, Professor 1994

RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Artificial Cells
Genomics
Ecology


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