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Speaker: Joshua W. Shaevitz
Associate Professor
Princeton University

Crossing from the Molecular to the Cellular: How Polymers Dictate Cell Shape in Bacteria

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
12:30 PM  to 1:30 PM

1060 A/B  Brown College
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

How bacteria grow into specific, 3D shapes remains a central mystery in microbiology. My group has developed an imaging and analysis pipeline to simultaneously probe the shape of cells and the localization of proteins in 3D during growth. We find evidence for feedback between the local geometry of the cell, localization and orientation of key morphological polymers, and cell growth that sets rod shape and size in Escherichia coli cells.

Biography of Joshua W. Shaevitz:
Joshua W. Shaevitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University where he has been on the faculty since 2007. Before coming to Princeton he was a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on precision measurements of biological systems from the motion of molecules to the behaviors of animals.

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