Linda Turner Stern

Linda Turner Stern

Staff scientist
Linda Turner Stern

Linda Turner is a microbiologist interested in bacterial motility, especially how bacteria swim (run and tumble).  She seeks to understand how the flagellar filament, the propeller, changes helicity and how this affects behavior.  Changes in sign of applied motor torque cause the helical transformations that are key to flagellar bundle dispersal during tumbling and bundle reformation while running, the modalities that comprise the bacterium’s random walk.

Linda has worked with Prof. Howard Berg for over 25 years.  She first met Prof. Berg in a summer course on microscopy while an undergraduate in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado.  One summer’s afternoon casual conversation became a life-changing event when Howard explained the details of his newly developed tracking microscope.  Utterly captivated she joined his lab.  This culminated in their first paper Movement of microorganisms in viscous environments.  In 1989 Linda joined The Rowland Institute for Science to continue work in Howard’s Bacterial Motility Lab.  Throughout the years Howard built novel instrumentation to probe bacterial behavior.  Linda had the pleasure of performing novel experiments.  Together they discovered new aspects of bacterial motility.

Selected Publications

  • Turner, L., Stern, A.S. and Berg, H.C. Growth of flagellar filaments is independent of filament length. J. Bacteriol. 194 (10), 2437-24421 (2012).
  • Turner, L., Zhang, R., Darnton, N.C., and Berg, H.C. Visualization of flagella during bacterial swarming. J. Bacteriol. 192, 3259-3267 (2010).
  • Darnton, N., Turner, L., Rojevsky, S. and Berg, H.C. On torque and tumbling in swimming Escherichia coli. J. Bacteriol. 189, 1756-1764 (2007).
  • DiLuzio, W.R., Turner, L, Mayer, M., Garstecki, P., Weibel, D.B., Berg, H.C. and Whitesides, G.M. Escherichia coli swim on the right-hand side. Nature 435, 1271-4 (2005).
  • Turner, L., Ryu, W.S. and Berg, H.C. Real-time imaging of fluorescent flagellar filaments. J. Bacteriol. 182, 2793-2801 (2000).

Contact Information

Rowland Institute at Harvard
Harvard University
100 Edwin H. Land Blvd
Cambridge MA 02142
p: 617-497-4658