Karine A. Gibbs studies complex behaviors of small organisms. She focuses on bacteria’s ability to recognize themselves and form territories, much like how birds flock together and wolves form packs. Dr. Gibbs’ research tackles questions such as: how does a sense of identity shape the way bacteria assemble and move as a collective, and in turn, how do these factors shape growth and virulence? The Gibbs Lab uses methods in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and live imaging (at both macro and micro scales) to characterize subcellular processes and cellular development as well as to visualize and quantify social behaviors. Dr. Gibbs received a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Previously, she was an Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and a recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. This summer (2020), Dr. Gibbs joined the University of California, Berkeley as an Associate Professor in Plant & Microbial Biology.
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