About Elisabeth M. Bik
After receiving my PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. From 2001-2016 I worked in the laboratory of David Relman at Stanford University, where I have worked on the characterization of human oral, gastric, and intestinal microbiotas, and that of marine mammals. In 2016 I joined uBiome where we allow citizen scientists to sequence their microbiome. I also run Microbiome Digest, www.microbiomedigest.com, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field, tweet on Twitter as @MicrobiomDigest, and scan published papers for image manipulation.
A new paper in Nature this week shows that bacteria in biofilms talk to each other by potassium waves through ion channels.
Stanford investigators discover that bacteriophages are critical in biofilm formation by Pseudomonas, which causes hospital-acquired infections, and pneumonia, and severe complications in cystic fibrosis.