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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Patrick Underhill receives NSF CAREER award
Date:6/2/2010

ing and developing theory of these behaviors. One important interaction occurs when a bacterium moves through a liquid, disturbing the fluid as it moves. The other bacteria nearby are affected by this change in fluid flow. Models that account for this hydrodynamic interaction in bacterial groups can explain some experimental observations of bacteria at high concentrations.

By building a theoretical framework and robust computer simulation methods, Underhill seeks to gain fundamental insights into the natural occurrences of bacterial populations, such as formation of biofilms or infections, and also to give researchers the necessary tools to design novel bacterial systems. The award includes the development of educational tools for the interactive exploration of the role of fluid mechanics in the behavior of small microorganisms.


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