The Bazylinski lab studies the magnetosome biomineralization in magnetotactic bacteria (MTB). We are interested in physiological aspects of these bacteria in marine habitats. A second research focus is the evolution of the magnetosome island on the basis of different MTB strains and the functional analysis of the mam genes.
My research program focuses on the magnetotactic bacteria, motile bacteria that biomineralize (synthesize mineral crystals) the smallest possible permanent magnets within their cells that cause them to behave like moving compass needles. We are specifically interested on how and why they biomineralize their crystals, which have great significance in commercial, biomedical, and other applications in nanotechnology.