Adapt or die? Understanding how bacterial bioflms evolve under stress

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Postgraduate Research Service


Most bacteria on earth exist within a biofilm; a community of aggregated cells. Biofilms are important in many industrial contexts and most bacterial infections include biofilms. One hallmark of biofilms is their extreme resistance to antimicrobials. However, very little is known about how bacteria in biofilms evolve and adapt to stress. We have developed a biofilm evolution model and this project aims to study how mixed communities of bacteria of different species (as seen in nature) evolve in response to stress. Using a combination of molecular microbiology, genetics and metagenomics the project will explore how bacterial populations respond to stress and, in particular how stress influences movement of mobile DNA elements such as plasmids.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/T008717/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2028
2445784 Studentship BB/T008717/1 01/10/2020 30/09/2024 Emma Prentice