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"Life by a Thousand Cuts: Archaea as a Model for Evo-Devo Mechanosensing"

THM 116
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dr. Alex Bisson | Faculty Host: Dr. Ashely Seifert

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Dr. Alex Bisson | Bisson Lab

Cells sense and respond to their physical surroundings, using organized molecular machinery
to convert mechanical environmental signals into biochemical information. Maybe more importantly, little is known about how cells' material properties co-evolve with their
environment. Using genetics, biophysics, and advanced microscopy tools, the Bisson Lab aims to understand archaeal cells' self-organization and behavior in response to physical cues. Here,
I will discuss our recent discovery of how specific mechanical confinement triggers the development from a unicellular to a tissue-like lifestyle similar to known primitive multicellular eukaryotes. This observation not only gives a new perspective over the emergence of complex multicellularity, but gives us the opportunity to compare the behavior and the genome of hundreds of cultivable archaeal species.

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