The Office of Research and Graduate Education presents Microbiology's own Dr Joseph Mougous speaking on "The Big Consequences of Micro-Scale Warfare". Tune in 11 March 2021 at 12pm.
Though they are by definition single-celled organisms, bacteria can exhibit properties more often ascribed to multicellular life. Our group aims to identify, characterize, and eventually, exploit, pathways that bacteria use for intercellular communication and competition. In this presentation, I will discuss our recent progress toward understanding the diversity of mechanisms by which antibacterial toxins delivered by assorted specialized secretion systems act upon recipient cells. A second focus of the talk will relate to the impact of interbacterial antagonism on microbial communities and bacterial evolution.