BioE Seminar Series: Karine Gibbs, PhD

Thursday, March 10, 2022

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Karine Gibbs, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California-Berkeley

In the Gibbs research group, our goal is to identify the mechanisms that underlie self versus non-self recognition in cells. Self recognition is an essential building block of nature observed at many levels of biological complexity ranging from immune cells to bacteria. Migrating colonies of independent Proteus mirabilis isolates recognize each other as foreign and do not merge together when they intersect, whereas colonies of clonal isolates do merge, indicating that this bacterium is capable of self/non-self recognition (see movie). P. mirabilis is broadly found in animal and human intestines and can cause bladder and kidney infections.


Michael Humphreys