Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick
In a surprising new finding, researchers in CEE have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices. The findings, the result of microscopic analysis of bacteria inside microfluidic devices, were made by CEE postdoc Roberto Rusconi, former postdoc Jeffrey Guasto and Professor Roman Stocker. Their results are published in the journal Nature Physics. Read a news story.