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Manuscript Submission Deadline 31 January 2023
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 28 February 2023

Despite the fact that bacteria are among the simplest and most extensively studied model organisms, our understanding of fundamental biological processes in bacteria remains incomplete. Yet, how bacteria grow, die, and make decisions is relevant to fields including development, bacterial pathogenesis, and antibiotics. Next-generation approaches to studying these questions, enabled by novel tools including biophysical models and probes, microfluidics, and machine learning, promise to enable a more predictive understanding of bacterial biology.

This Research Topic aims to showcase advances in bacterial biophysics, from theoretical modeling studies that lead to novel biological insights to experimental applications that leverage such insights to enable novel technologies. Gathering research that bridges theory, computation, and experiment makes clear that bacterial biophysics remains a collaborative effort, one that is enhanced when researchers of different backgrounds work together.

This Research Topic will focus on theoretical, computational, and/or experimental contributions to our understanding of bacterial biology. Specific topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Theoretical and computational modeling of bacterial processes, from the subcellular to the population levels
• Novel experimental studies of bacterial processes
• Bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotics, and drug discovery
• Analyses of bacterial gene networks
• Applied and environmental microbiology based on biophysical insights
• Theoretical or experimental studies of bacterial populations and microbiome
Although original research articles are preferred, all article types with suitable content are welcome.

Keywords: Bacteria, biophysics, theory, modeling, cell physiology, bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotics, gene networks, microfluidics, microbiome


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Despite the fact that bacteria are among the simplest and most extensively studied model organisms, our understanding of fundamental biological processes in bacteria remains incomplete. Yet, how bacteria grow, die, and make decisions is relevant to fields including development, bacterial pathogenesis, and antibiotics. Next-generation approaches to studying these questions, enabled by novel tools including biophysical models and probes, microfluidics, and machine learning, promise to enable a more predictive understanding of bacterial biology.

This Research Topic aims to showcase advances in bacterial biophysics, from theoretical modeling studies that lead to novel biological insights to experimental applications that leverage such insights to enable novel technologies. Gathering research that bridges theory, computation, and experiment makes clear that bacterial biophysics remains a collaborative effort, one that is enhanced when researchers of different backgrounds work together.

This Research Topic will focus on theoretical, computational, and/or experimental contributions to our understanding of bacterial biology. Specific topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Theoretical and computational modeling of bacterial processes, from the subcellular to the population levels
• Novel experimental studies of bacterial processes
• Bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotics, and drug discovery
• Analyses of bacterial gene networks
• Applied and environmental microbiology based on biophysical insights
• Theoretical or experimental studies of bacterial populations and microbiome
Although original research articles are preferred, all article types with suitable content are welcome.

Keywords: Bacteria, biophysics, theory, modeling, cell physiology, bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotics, gene networks, microfluidics, microbiome


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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