News Release 15-015
Funding cutting-edge, collaborative research
NSF announces newest awards for Material Research Science and Engineering Centers
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.
MRSECs provide a uniquely collaborative environment where some of the most transformational research is able to occur. In this case, research by a team from Harvard University that included physicists, mathematicians, chemists and biologists examined the formation of biofilms in B. subtilis, a type of rod-shaped bacteria often found in soil. Results from the study discovered how bacterial biofilms expand to form slimy mats on teeth, pipes, surgical instruments and crops, causing tooth decay, hospital infections, agricultural damage and corrosion. The project established a link between the phenotype--the physically observable traits of biofilm growth--and the genetic underpinning that allows spreading to happen in B. subtilis.
Credit: Hera Vlamakis, Harvard University Medical School
Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (755.4 KB)
Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.