Physics of microbial motility (PHYMOT) (39869)

Project Details


PHYMOT is a Marie Curie 'International Training Network' (ITN) project involving 15 European research groups. The scientific objective is to understand the physics of cell motility, from single cells to collective behavior. Cell swimming underpins a wide range of fundamental biological phenomena from microbial grazing at the base of the food web, to parasitic infections, and animal reproduction. DTUs contribution focuses on microbial grazing with particular emphasis on nanoflagellates. We will among other things use our newly developed 'acoustic trap' to tether single cells and study flagellar kinematics and the fluid dynamics of feeding flow generation. The overarching goal is to train young researchers at the interface between physics, biology, and engineering. Their research and future careers will have a significant impact on a wide spectrum of important fields, such as medicine, biotechnology, and environmental microbiology. 

The project involves 15 European research groups in Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is coordinated by Forschungszentrum Julich GMBH, Germany.

The project is funded by EU Horizon 2020 (Marie Curie International Training Network). 

Research area: Oceanography
Effective start/end date01/02/202131/01/2025


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.