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Phoebe Lostroh

Colorado College
Molecular Biology
Surviving starvation in a bacterial world – bacterial nanomachines.
I study the bacterium Acinetobacter baylyi, which has the ability to synthesize several different nanomachines. One of them is like an inverted bacteriophage, and is used to kill prey bacteria. Three of them are homologous and comprised of some overlapping and some distinctive components, and are dedicated to secretion of degradative enzymes, acquisition of DNA through natural transformation, or surface-based motility. We are trying to understand the role each nanomachine plays in surviving starvation as well as the composition of the nanomachines themselves.
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