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Alex Bisson, "Standing on the shoulders of tiny polymers - Cytoskeletal dynamics orchestrates cell division in bacteria"

February 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Bass Biology, Room 122

Free and open to the public.

Dr. Alex Bisson received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Under the supervision of Dr. Frederico Gueiros and Dr. Harold Erickson, his thesis work explored genetic screens and biochemical reconstitution to unveil fundamental principles of how cytoskeletal effectors modulate the polymerization of the bacterial tubulin-like FtsZ protein. He then joined Dr. Ethan Garner’s group at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow to implement cutting-edge imaging tools to improve single-molecule trackability in live cells. Resulting from such advances, he was able to register the dynamics of different components of the cell division complex and their importance to bacterial cytokinesis. Finally, he expanded these tools to microfluidic environments, which made it possible to explore the cell biology of Archaea, the most unexplored domain of life. 

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