Behavior

The dynamics of microbial communities are ultimately shaped by the behavior of its members, that is, by the cellular decision-making of the individual bacteria.

New concepts and approaches developed within PriME allow us to better understand and predict the behavior of individuals and thus the properties that emerge at the community level.

A few key areas of study include the foraging strategies of marine bacteria on particle landscapes; how they find these particles and what determines how long they stay. We also focus on the phenotypic differentiation of bacteria in environmentally relevant scenarios, and its impact on community function. These, and many other studies of bacterial single-cell behavior, are enabled by powerful microfluidic arenas and analytical techniques developed by members of the PriME team.

Researchers

Uria Alcolombri

Postdoc

ETH Zurich
Stocker Lab

Estelle Clerc

PhD Student

ETH Zurich
Stocker Lab

Prof. Roman Stocker

PI

ETH Zurich
Stocker Lab

Julia Schwartzman

Postdoc

MIT
Cordero Lab

Johannes Keegstra

Postdoc

ETH Zurich
Stocker Lab

Zach Landry

Postdoc

ETH Zurich
Stocker Lab

Ali Ebrahimi

Postdoc

MIT
Cordero Lab

Jacob Robertson

PhD Student

UC San Diego
Hwa Lab

Glen D’Souza

Postdoc

ETH Zurich
Ackermann Lab