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Product Description: Bacterial Skin


Our main project is to simulate mammalian skin using chitin in E Coli. The project involves four major components: Lawn Formation, Chitin Synthesis, Bacterial Apoptosis, and lac-Operon Signaling.

A thick bacterial lawn was generated by plating ydgG K.O. mutants (acquired from the Keio Collection) in an enriched agar plate. The protein product of ydgG plays an integral role in AI-2 Transport. This property of ultimately leading to a thick and level bacterial lawn.

Once the lawn is established, a lactose solution will be

Chitin itself can be used for:

wound and burn treatment hemostatic for orthopedic treatment of broken bones viscoelastic solutions for ophthamology and orthopedic surgery abdominal adhesions treatment as antibacterial and antifungal agents and for treatment of mucous membranes in tumor therapies in micro surgery, neurosurgery for treatment of chronic wounds, ulcers and bleeding (chitin powder)


wound healing (CITATION NEEDED)


food/pharmaceutical thickener, stabilizer, paper-strengthener

insoluble in water and many organic solvents


agricultural, cosmetics, dietary supplement, water treatment (filter), etc

derivatives such as chitosan have just as many uses


structural (hard)

Contemporary application:

Internalization and Compartmentalization - and thus sequestering - of particles such as oil

Side Project: Magnetite Production

Our side project is to synthesize superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles in E Coli.

Nano-manipulation of magnetite particles, which can lead to a plethora of advances, especially in research technology and biomedical technology.

Understanding and utilization of magnetotaxis and/or magnetoception in bacteria.

Possible production and use of ferrofluid, a paramagnetic or superparamagnetic fluid.

Ability to create uniform nanoparticles will further nanotechnology. (biotech is nanotech that works)

Northwestern University

Northwestern University