A day in the life of E. coli…

This singular image displays a wealth of structures and processes only beginning to be understood at a molecular level. Some are common to all life, such as protein synthesis and translocation, while others are unique, e.g., the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. It is the goal of my research to characterize all of the pictured elements, and the pathways that give rise to their creation. By investigating the relationship between co-evolving development mechanisms and product functions, I aim to expose the underlying physical nature of life at atomic resolution.

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