Together with my colleagues Jen Nguyen and Dr. Jeanette Wheeler (middle and right of picture respectively), we developped a scientific module on Marine Microbes for ARTLAB Zürich: Water World, a week-long program of scientific and artistic activities for high-school students, in conjunction with Science Xplore Suisse, ETH Zürich and the University of Zürich. It was a great week which just finished, and we hope that we convinced our students of the complexity of microbial life in oceans and lakes, and how fun it can be to spy on them!
The accompanying paper for our award winning video "Soap opera in the maze: geometry matters in Marangoni flows" (see below) has just been published in Physical Review Fluids. Check it out for more details on the experiment and our hypotheses on what's happening there.
Today our students Armin Siegrist, Joshua Weber and Sebastian Zala successfully defended their Bachelor project on the microlayer, co-supervised with Dr. Jeanette Wheeler. Very good job everyone!
Our work on microbial mutualism at a distance has just been published in Physical Review E! We present how the geometry of diffusive bridges between mutualistic microbes modifies their population dynamics and interactions.
The project I submitted for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship was accepted: during this 2 year project, starting in June, I will investigate the interaction between bacteria and rising bubbles in the ocean.