Bacteria in nature almost always live in colonies on surfaces. We are interested in using physical techniques and concepts to study how a single cell develops into a colony with statistically reproducible geometry (in 2D or 3D), and how different growing colonies compete with each other for space and possibly other resources when their boundaries meet each other. The main experimental technique will be various forms of optical microscopy, with associated image processing and analysis. There may also be opportunities to work with simulators to model experimental observations.
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