Bacteria have a number of appealing properties that makes them ideal and attractive for molecular communications. These properties include, (i) the ability to store genetic information in the form of plasmids (plasmids are a type of DNA), (ii) bacteria have the ability to transfer information between each other (this ranges from emission of chemical signaling to transferring of genetic contents), and (iii) bacteria are able to mobilize and swim in a liquid medium (e.g. E.Coli). Based on these properties, this research is investigating the use of bacteria as information carriers between the nanomachines. The areas of research include developing bacterial mobility models, as well as information coding techniques for plasmids to increase reliability of information transfer.
Collaborators: Prof. Mikael Skurnik, Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Helsinki; Pietro Lio', Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.