Torque Generation in the Bacterial Flagellar Motor

Biophysics and Soft Matter Seminar, Simon Fraser University

Lecture

June 10, 2016
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Burnaby, BC

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The bacterial flagellar motor (BFM) drives swimming in a wide variety of bacterial species, making it crucial for several fundamental biological processes, including chemotaxis and community formation. A model was put forward for the BFM's fundamental torque-generation mechanism. The model was extended to accommodate motors with multiple engaged stators and predicted that the maximum speed of the BFM was not universal but rather increased as additional torque-generators were recruited.

Speaker(s)

Jasmine Nirody

Alumni - BIDS Data Science Fellow

I am interested in using simulations and data from single-molecule biophysics experiments to understand molecular motors, such as the bacterial flagellar motor (which allows bacteria to swim!) and the Fo motor of ATP synthase (which allows cells to have energy!).