Self-organization mechanisms in Myxococcus xanthus biofilms
2012.9.28
Oleg Igoshin Rice University Houston, USA
September 28th 2012, 16h00, CNC Auditorium (2nd floor, old FMUC building, Pólo I)

Host: Armindo Salvador and Renata Silva


Summary:
"Myxococcus xanthus is a model bacteria famous for its coordinated multicellular behavior resulting in formation of various dynamical patterns. Examples of these include fruiting bodies – aggregates in which tens of thousands of bacteria self-organize to sporulate under starvation conditions and ripples – dynamical cell density waves propagating through the colony during predation. Relating these complex self-organization patterns to behavior of individual cells is a complex-reverse engineering problem that cannot be solved solely by experimental research. Our group addresses this problem with a complementary approach – a combination of biostatistical image quantification and agent-based modeling."
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