The Rowland Foundation has awarded the Rowland Institute at Harvard $100,000 for one year to continue the program that provides mentoring and supervisory experience for a postdoctoral fellow and hands-on research experience for an undergraduate research student working with postdoctoral fellow.
The project will focus on characterizing and comparing motility behavior in liquids and model complex environments in two well-known pathogens - Vbrio cholerae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa whose swimming motility has barely been studied despite long-recognized connections to pathogenicity. The Taute Lab has recently developed a high-throughput 3D bacterial tracking method that enables rapid characterization of natural motility behavior of large bacterial populatons at unprecedented ease and efficiency in a wide range of environments. The project will shed light on uncharted territory in bacterial pathogens research and set the stage for a wider understanding of how motility and chemotaxis contribure to virulence in swimming bacteria. Postdoc Marianne Grognot, who has expanded the applicability of the 3D bacterial tracking technology to complex environments as well as chemotaxis assays, will oversee the project and advise the undergraduate student.
Marianne Grognot, Ph.D., Rowland Foundation Research Scholar, joined Dr. Taute's lab in December 2016, after finishing her Ph.D at the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.
Mattia Mah'moud, Rowland Foundation Undergraduate Researcher, is a junior at Harvard University.