CBE Colloquia - Learning the Emergent Order of Living Matter from Bacteria

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Self-organization is a hallmark of living matter ranging from sub-cellular constituents to multicellular organisms. In recent decades bacteria have served as the premier model system for studying the self-organization of living and active matter. In particular, the behavior and interaction of bacteria can be manipulated by a variety of physical, chemical and biological means, allowing for the exploration of self-organized behavior in a broad parameter space and for timely examination of theories. In this talk we will introduce several physical mechanisms that give rise to spatiotemporal order in diverse bacterial populations, including bacterial colonies, biofilms, and generic bacterial suspensions. The potential biological functions of these forms and mechanisms of ordering in bacterial communities and in other living systems will be discussed. These mechanisms may fuel the development of non-equilibrium physics and provide new strategies to engineer living materials.

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Speakers / Performers:
Prof. Yilin WU
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

WU Yilin obtained his B.S. in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and Ph.D. in Physics from University of Notre Dame in 2009 (with Mark Alber). After postdoctoral research at Rowland Institute of Harvard University (with Howard C. Berg), he joined the Department of Physics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and currently holds the position of full Professor. His research interest is in the physics of living matter, with a focus on the motion and self-organization of microbial systems ranging from single cells to microbial communities, such as bacterial swarms and biofilms.  He is an RGC Research Fellow of Hong Kong SAR (2021-2025) and a recipient of Xplorer Prize (2023).

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Faculty and staff
PG students
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
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