Mechanistic studies of bacterial chromosome segregation using single-molecule microscopy

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


In all forms of life, DNA must be properly segregated to each daughter cell for the stable inheritance of genetic material prior to cell division. Recent advancements in fluorescence microscopy have revealed that bacterial chromosomes are highly organized and segregate with distinctive patterns in the cell. Most bacterial chromosomes and low copy number plasmids encode the ParABS system to mediate DNA segregation. The Par system is also involved in the spatial organization of many important bacterial cell functions such as cell division, motility, chemotaxis and biofilm formation. The aim of this project is to understand how the various components of the Par system are assembled and involved in chromosome segregation.

Super-resolution microscopy has revolutionized the way we view biology. It has allowed us to visualize intracellular structures with much higher resolution. We will be using the power of super-resolution imaging and single-particle tracking to visualize and monitor the spatial dynamics of bacterial chromosomes.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M011151/1 30/09/2015 29/09/2023
1801752 Studentship BB/M011151/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2020 Adam Brooks