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M.Sc. Zara Helen Gough

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Theory of Complex Bio-Systems

Courses and Dates

Title and Module Assignment
Exercise to Theory of Stochastic Processes
Assigned to modules:
UE 2 Gough, Z. Höfler, M.
Responsible/Coordination: Gerland, U.
dates in groups

Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

The Inoculum Effect

The “inoculum effect” is the phenomenon in which the population density of cells introduced to a new environment affects the time required for the cells to resume growth. Recent research in our group has indicated that several variables including culture temperature, prior starvation time and antioxidant concentration all affect the regrowth time of a culture following re-dilution. In this project, you will experimentally investigate how these variables affect regrowth time of E. coli in batch culture. As well as learning fundamental wet lab skills for the culturing of bacteria, you will also have the opportunity to theoretically analyze your results. No prior experience with experimental work is required – just an interest in biophysics and microbiology.

suitable as
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Physics
Supervisor: Ulrich Gerland
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