Current project areas in our lab related to the impact of the shape of a microbe on its biology and ecology. We investigate the impact of shape through three main areas, which are all suitable for MSc level projects:The impact of shape on movement, growth, sensory range and nutrient uptake in bacteria (
E. coli, Vibrio spp.) and marine protists.
The experimental techniques used include microscopical observation, culture of organisms and their manipulation in microfluidic devices.Numerical modelling of interactions between shape and function in microbes.
The Computational Fluid Dynamic techniques used include finite element analysis and the Boundary Element Method.Comparative phylogenetic studies of shape and locomotory traits in bacteria and protists.
The statistical and computational techniques used include construction of phylogenetic trees, and use of the comparative phylogenetic method.