Gabriele Micali (PI). I am a physicist interested in biological questions.
After receiving the Bachelor and Master degrees in Physics at the University of Milan, I joined the group of Robert Endres at Imperial College London. There I applied mathematical models and information theory to study bacterial chemotaxis, i.e. how bacteria bias their movement in response to changes in nutrient concentrations. After receiving a Ph.D. in Life Sciences in 2017, I worked with Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino on stochastic models for bacteria division control. For my postdoc, I joined the Microbial Systems Ecology group led by Martin Ackermann at ETH and Eawag in Zurich where I complemented my theoretical background with experiments in molecular biology, microbial ecology and learned microfluidic techniques to study bacteria.
An up-to-date publication list can be found here.
Hannah Raasch (visiting Master Student). I am a Master Student studying Quantitative Molecular Biology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. I did my Bachelor’s thesis in the research group Bacterial Physiology of Marc Erhardt, where I had the opportunity to learn and apply a variety of molecular and microbiological methods as well as genetic engineering techniques in Salmonella Typhimurium. In May 2022, I joined the Microbial Ecology research group for my Master’s thesis. Here, I am especially interested in learning design, performance, and analysis of experiments using single-cell imaging techniques, primarily for studying causes and consequences of heterogeneity in bacterial populations. My stay in Milan / Italy is funded by a scholarship at the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).