Editorial Article: Free Webinar: Not Just for Neurons - Electrical Signaling in Bacterial Biofilm Communities

Learn about the latest developments in biofilm electrophysiology

24 Oct 2017


Since its discovery, the regulation of living tissue behavior through the flow of electrochemical species has fascinated scientists. Now, in the emerging field of biofilm electrophysiology, scientists reveal that even simple bacteria residing in communities use cell-to-cell electrochemical communication to coordinate population-level behaviors.

In this webinar, Dr. Gürol Süel, from the University of California, San Diego, will discuss the latest developments in biofilm electrophysiology and share his latest research on ion channel-mediated electrical signaling within bacterial biofilm communities. Through his research, Dr. Süel forms an exciting and unexpected connection between micro- and neurobiology. He highlights the critical role of electrical signaling in biofilms in the coordination of metabolic states and the formation of mixed species biofilms.

This webinar will outline:

  • How electrical signaling can have long-range effects that extend beyond the biofilm community
  • What impact real-time, continuous imaging of live cultures has had on the study of bacterial biofilms and population responses
  • How two biofilms may become electrically coupled, and may modulate that nexus to engage in nutrient time-sharing dynamics

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at:

  • 16:00 GMT
  • 11:00AM EST
  • 8:00 PST
  • 17:00 CET

If you can't attend the live event, please register to gain access to the webinar in your own time.