Bacteria are living machines. Through their long evolutionary history, they have adapted to colonize nearly all types of environments on the surface of our planet, where they are exposed to a variety of physical phenomena.
We are interested in determining how bacteria respond to the mechanics of their environments, such as fluid flow and contact with different surfaces. We try to understand how such system provides these organisms with selective advantages in the wild, be it in colonization or virulence. Finally, we aim at developing alternative therapeutic strategies that target mechanosensitive systems to combat infections.