Small Talk - The Chemical Language of Bacteria

Stephen Miller

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Stephen Miller discusses how bacteria communicate through the exchange of small signal molecules to gain advantages and how we may someday exploit this dialogue to modify bacterial behavior.

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Bacteria communicate through the exchange of small signal molecules, allowing them to coordinate their behavior in amazing ways. At Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Stephen Miller discussed how bacteria use this communication to gain advantages, how his lab studies their language on a molecular level, and how we may someday exploit this dialogue to modify bacterial behavior.