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Emma Banks

Final year PhD student,

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Research Summary

During my PhD, I have worked on the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, with particular focus upon secreted cell wall peptidoglycan (PG)-modifying enzymes that modify both predators and… read more

Current Research

During my PhD, I have worked on the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, with particular focus upon secreted cell wall peptidoglycan (PG)-modifying enzymes that modify both predators and their prey. My primary PhD project resulted in the identification and characterisation (genetics, biochemistry, structure, microscopy) of the vibrioid cell shape determinant of B. bacteriovorus which confers dual evolutionary benefits to predation. My secondary project investigates the role of B. bacteriovorus invasion-specific PG enzymes which modify prey bacteria.

bioRxiv preprint: Asymmetric peptidoglycan editing generates the curvature of predatory bacteria, optimising invasion and replication within a spherical prey niche

Supervisor: Professor Liz Sockett

School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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