Bacterial morphogenesis

Our lab is interested in how bacteria control shape and size during growth. For example, how do bacteria ‘know’ in a certain nutrient environment at what rate they have to expand their cell envelope to make space for intracellular protein, DNA, etc. ? How do they know when to divide, and when to undergo a transition into dormancy?  Our lab addresses these questions with combined techniques from physics, engineering, and molecular biology, with a focus on single-molecule and quantitative phase microscopy, computational image analysis, and modeling.

Our lab moved to the Microbiology Department of the University of Montreal in February 2021. We are hiring students and postdocs with backgrounds in physics, biology, engineering (see Jobs). Graduate students can join our lab through the Microbiology program, the Physics program, or the graduate program of the Institut de génie Biomédical.