BACTERIAL STRUCTURES PROMOTING BIOFILM FORMATION
Commensal and pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli produce various surface structures promoting their interaction with living or inert surfaces. We are particularly interested in identifying E. coli adhesins that are poorly expressed in planktonic conditions, but contribute to colonization and biofilm formation.
REGULATION OF BIOFILM FORMATION
To better understand the physiological adaptations necessary for planktonic bacteria to adopt a biofilm lifestyle we currently study the transcriptional changes that occur during biofilm growth, and the regulation of the expression of surface adhesins.
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