Oct 4, 2022 Online

Anne-Florence Bitbol on how the gut physical environment shapes microbial diversity

NCCR External Seminar

This October, the NCCR Microbiomes has the pleasure to host Anne-Florence Bitbol, professor at the Institute of Bioengineering of the EPFL.

Prof. Bitbol heads the Laboratory of Computational Biology and Theoretical Biophysics, which builds quantitative models of biological phenomena ranging from protein structure to population dynamics. Using numerical simulations and analytical work, the Bitbol lab integrates key biophysical concepts into their investigation of evolutionary processes. In the field of microbiome research, Anne-Florence Bitbol explores how the structure of the animal gut, with its distinctive liquid flow, nutrient gradients and varying cell concentrations, plays a role in the dynamics and genetic diversity of the coexisting bacterial populations.

In 2019, Anne-Florence Bitbol received an ERC Starting Grant to better understand how biophysical factors influence the evolution of biological systems.

Prof. Bitbol will give an NCCR talk entitled: ‘Hydrodynamic flow and concentration gradients in the gut enhance neutral bacterial diversity’. The seminar will take place on 4 October 2022, from 12h00 to 13h00 CEST. You can access this public seminar through this Zoom link.