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Birgit Scharf


Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Birgit Scharf's research seeks to answer the question of how bacteria move, sense and react to their surroundings. Many bacteria are propelled by means of rotating flagella, driven by a self-assembling nanomachine. As such, her research focuses on the ability of bacteria to move towards a favorable environment by sensing nutrients and host signals.

Current projects include:  Sensing of environmental signals, two-component signal transduction, the speed-variable flagellar motor, flagellotropic phage infection, function of type IV pili in symbiosis, and tumor-targeting Salmonella.

Research interests

Bacterial motility and chemotaxis