Phenotypic Heterogeneity of Autoinducer-regulated Processes in Vibrio harveyi

Bacteria produce and excrete signaling molecules, so called autoinducers, to communicate in a process described as quorum sensing. Within the frame of the project will explore the interconnectivity between cell to cell communication and phenotypic heterogeneity of autoinducer-regulated processes in Vibrio harveyi, one of the best investigated model organisms in quorum sensing. We will investigate the spatiotemporal appearance of various autoinducer-regulated phenotypes at single cell level, the molecular mechanisms to program the available autoinducers, the switches responsible for (bi-) multi-stability and the advantages of subpopulations.


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Prof. Dr. Kirsten Jung
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
Department Biologie I, Ber. Mikrobiologie
Großhaderner Str. 2-4
82152 Martinsried
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  • Matthias Reiger (PhD student), Nicola Lorenz (PhD student)
  • Dr. Laure Plener (Postdoctoral fellow, University funded), Claudia Anetzberger (PhD student, University funded), Sabine Scheu (Technician, University funded)