Using natural bacterial interactions to control microbial communities
Our goal is to regulate levels of individual bacterial species within humans, while leaving overall microbial communities intact. Towards this goal, we are developing microfluidic devices that allow us to rapidly isolate and characterize bacteria from complex communities. Our assays should allow us to quantify how hundreds of distinct bacterial strains grow in response to changing conditions and stimuli. Our assays should also allow us to screen bacteria in high-throughput for useful ecological roles Ultimately, we expect to be able to leverage these tools for isolating human-derived bacteria that could be used to reshape microbial communities.
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