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Workshop on the Physics of Bacterial Communities




Mark Alber (University of Notre Dame)
Igor Aronson (Argonne National Laboratory)

The primary focus of the workshop will be on the fundamental understanding of physical mechanisms governing microbial actions, including cellular responses to chemical and physical perturbations, interactions between cells, and coordination of these events over time and spatial scales.

The goal of the Workshop is to bring together physicists, biologists, applied mathematicians, and computational scientists to discuss the latest developments in the field of the physics of bacterial communities, including swarming, quorum sensing, cell signaling, and biofilm formation.




MONDAY - JUNE 11, 2012

8:00  – 8:50  a.m.
Breakfast and Check-In

8:50 – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Peter Littlewood
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering,
Argonne National Laboratory
Professor of Physics, University of Chicago James Franck Institute

Sunny Boyd
Associate Vice President for Research, University of Notre Dame

9:10 – 9:50 a.m.

Bacterial Colonies at Two Levels: Physical Formation and Functional Significance

Herbert Levine
University of California - San Diego

9:50 – 10:30 a.m.
Rheology and transfer of bacterial suspensions in microfluidic channels

Eric Clément
University of Pierre and Marie Curie -Paris

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:30 a.m.
PDE models of swimming bacteria: viscosity, interactions and collisions

Leonid Berlyand
Penn State University

11:30 – 12:10 p.m.
Synthetic Populations and the Evolution of Cooperation

Erwin Frey
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

12:10 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.

How to cope with stress? Lessons from bacteria

Philippe Cluzel
Harvard University


2:10 – 2:50 p.m.
Microscopic modelling of active suspensions

Astrid Decoene
University of Paris - SUD

2:50 – 3:30 p.m.

Understanding redox processes at the mineral-microbe interface

Kenneth Kemner
Argonne National Laboratory

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.
The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa generates high density waves
to optimally swarm over surfaces

Joshua Shrout
University of Notre Dame

4:30 – 5:10 p.m.
Quantification of the Relative Roles of Niche and Neutral Processes in
Structuring Gastrointestinal Microbiomes

Nicholas Chia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5:10 – 5:40 p.m.
Properties of collective dynamics in suspensions
of swimming bacteria

Andrey Sokolov
Argonne National Laboratory

5:40 – 6:10 p.m.

Mutualistic interactions in microbial range expansions

Melanie JI Müller
Harvard University

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


TUESDAY - JUNE 12, 2012

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.
Breakfast & Check-In

8:50 – 9:30 a.m.
Bacterial colonies as model systems for collective motion

Ernst Ludwig-Florin
University of Texas - Austin

9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Bacteria Aggregation in a Vortical Flow

Arezoo Ardekani
University of Notre Dame

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Conflict Mediation and Instigation in Sibling Bacterial Communities

Avraham Be'er
Ben Gurion University

11:10 – 11:40 a.m.
Internal Structure of the Myxococcus xanthus Fruiting Bodies

Cameron Harvey
University of Notre Dame

11:40 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.
Morphological adaptation of swarming bacteria: Proteus mirabilis

Douglas Weibel
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:40 – 2:20 p.m.
Flagellar buckling and rheotaxis in bacteria

Roman Stocker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:20 – 3:00 p.m.

Collective Motion and Nonequilibrium Cluster Formation in Gliding Bacteria

Fernando Peruani
Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis

3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
The Selective and Organizing Roles of Mechanical Environment
on Collective Cell Behavior

Andre Levchenko
Johns Hopkins University

4:00 – 4:40 p.m.
Coupling Between Physical, Chemical, and Microbial Dynamics
over a Wide Range of Scales

Aaron Packman
Northwestern University

4:40 – 5:10 p.m.
The potential virulence of multi-drug resistant poly-pathogen
communities in gut of critically ill patients

Scott Christley and Olga Zaborina
University of Chicago

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