Physiology and cell biology of bacterial epithelia

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

  • Date: Apr 26, 2018
  • Time: 13:15
  • Speaker: Dr. Silvia Bulgheresi
  • University of Vienna, Nematode-bacterium symbiosis, Austria
  • Location: MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
  • Room: Lecture hall
  • Host: TRR 174
  • Contact: thanbichler@uni-marburg.de

Up to now, the study of bacterial reproduction focused on model organisms. On the other hand, cell biological research on environmental bacteria - including those thriving on animal surfaces - are scarce. A single layer of Gammaproteobacteria (Candidatus genus Thiosymbion) coats the surface of free-living marine nematodes (Stilbonematinae). The spatial dispositions of the bacterial symbionts on the surface of their cognate hosts is species-specific, invariable, and mediated by extraordinary reproductive strategies. We seek to understand the molecular mechanisms of the latter and why they evolved.

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