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!

January 21, 2020

BEE Workshop 2020

Registration is now open for the BEE workshop 2020, which will be held on April 27-28, 2020.

We have an exciting list of speakers from academia and industry! There is also a section for selected talks, so please do submit your abstract if you are already doing bielectricity research.


January 15, 2020

New papers!!

Exciting news! We have two new articles! Our hope is that these articles will inspire more research on bacterial cell electrophysiology.

"The Microbiologist's guide to bacterial membrane potential dynamics"

Our review on bacterial membrane potential dynamics is now online in Trends in Microbiology! In this article, we reviewed functional roles of bacterial membrane potential and discussed the need of further theoretical and experimental investigation.


"Rapid detection of proliferative bacteria by electrical stmulation"

Our protocol paper is also in press in bio-protocol! In this article, we provided a detailed protocol for the experiments we reported in PNAS (Startford et al, 2019). We proposed using this technique for rapid AST.

To describe the procedure, we got an inspiration from IKEA's graphic instruction:) (Great job, Conor!) Our hope is that this can be printed like a poster.


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