March 16, 2021

Bacterial traffic jams, swarming and biofilm! New paper!!

A part of Iago's PhD project is now published in eLife. Huge congratulations, Iago!! It has been a fun and fruitful collaboration with Marco Polin(physics).

In this work, we investigated stress-induced transition from swarming to biofilm. We discovery a transition compatible with motility-induced phase separation underpins the initial stage of this transition.

And, here is a layman’s summary by eLife. Thanks to Emily Packer for writing this nice piece!

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March 11, 2021

Special symposium

There will be an exciting symposium in Material Research Society 2021 Fall meeting! Please check!

"Symposium SB11-Photo/Electrical Phenomena at the Interface with Living Cells and Bacteria"


December 16, 2020


Calling for papers! Munehiro is co-editing two special issues.

If you have any article/review/perspective peice that may fit the topic, please consider submitting a paper.

"Microbial Electrophysiology" special issue in Bioelectricity

"Metabolic Heterogeneity in Microbial Populations" topic issue in Frontiers in Microbiology

December 11, 2020

Review paper just published!

"Biofilm and swarming emergent behaviours controlled through the aid of biophysical understanding and tools"

is now published online in Biochemical Society Transactions.

Check out this beautiful illustration summary (credit Dario Bazzoli)! Congratulations, Iago and Dario!



August 15, 2020

New Preprint!! Collective Stress Response

We are very excited that a part of Iago's PhD work is now available in bioRxiv!!

In this study, we discovered that B subtilis swarms collectively transit into biofilms when exposed to stress. We find that a phase transition, reminiscent to a process known as motility-induced phase separation (MIPS), underpins the initial stage of the transition.

Iago presented this story at an online meeting, hosted by the Society for Applied Microbiology (sfam).

Iago Grobas Micro-Talk from Society for Applied Microbiology on Vimeo.

August 02, 2020

Poster Award!!!

Iago won the Instiute of Physics Poster Award on Bioscience and Medical Physics!

Huge congrats to Iago!!



July 14, 2020

"Stamps for speedy, but controlled, bacterial growth

Our MeniFluidics paper, published in ACS Synthetic Biology has been featured in various news articles!

Here is a recent piece at Chemical & Engineering News. Thanks to Matt Devenport for interviewing Vasily and Munehiro and producing a very good layman sumary!

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