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Dr. Ph.D. Cesar Lopez Pastrana

Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Growing shapes: Kinetics of integrating cell wall material into the envelope of a growing cell
The aim of this Master thesis is to explore different modes of cell wall growth, which is locally controlled by enzymes but has a global effect on the shape of the cell. Which schemes of enzymatic action permit stably growing cell shapes? And which ones can mimick the observed growth behavior of different bacterial species? These fundamental questions are surpisingly largely open, partially due to the difficulty of experimentally determining which local properties of the cell wall affect the enzymatic activity. In light of this experimental barrier, conceptual theoretical models can classify different plausible schemes by their large-scale behavior, which is more easily observed experimentally. This thesis will combine simulations of stochastic models for growing shapes with simple analytical toy models to address some of the open questions.
suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Biophysics
Supervisor: Ulrich Gerland
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