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Fabai Wu 



Address: Victoria Orphan Lab (Caltech) and Jan Amend Lab (USC)



  • Energy budgeting in microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling

  • Spatial organization in microbial community development

  • Microfluidic and nanoelectronic engineering for probing microbial physiology



  • Turing Reaction-diffusion pattern formation and intracellular geometry sensing

  • Bacterial chromosome organization and segregation

  • Bacterial antibiotic resistance

  • Bacterial cell wall morphogenesis and cell division


TU Delft, Netherlands, Ph.D in Biophysics, cum laude, 2015

TU Delft, Netherlands, M.Sc in Nanoscience, cum laude, 2010

TU Dresden, Germany, M. Sc in Molecular Bioengineering, 2010

Zhejiang University, China, B. Sc in Biotechnology, 2008




  1. Bisson-Filho AW, Hsu YP, Squyres, YS, Kuru E, Wu F, Jukes C, Sun Y, Dekker C, Holden S, van Nieuwenhze MS, Brun YV & Garner EC. Treadmilling by FtsZ filaments drives peptidoglycan synthesis and bacterial cell division. Science, in press (2017) 

  2. Wu F*, Halatek J*, Reiter M, Kingma E, Frey E & Dekker C. Multistability and dynamic transitions of intracellular Min protein patterns. Molecular Systems Biology 12, 873 (2016) (LINK)

  3. Wu F & Dekker C. Nanofabricated structures and microfluidic devices for bacteria: from techniques to biology. Chemical Society Reviews 45, 268-280 (2016) (LINK)

  4. Wu F, van Schie BGC, Keymer JE & Dekker C. Symmetry and scale orient Min protein patterns in bacterial shape sculptures. Nature Nanotechnology 10, 719-726 (2015) (LINK)

  5. Wu F, van Rijn E, van Schie BGC, Keymer JE & Dekker C. Multicolor imaging of bacterial nucleoid and division proteins with blue, orange and near-infrared fluorescent proteins. Frontiers in Microbiology 6, 607 (2015) (LINK)

  6. Männik J, Wu F, Hol FJH, Bissichia P, Sherratt DJ, Keymer JE & Dekker C. Robustness and accuracy of cell division in Escherichia coli in diverse cell shapes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109, 6957-6962 (2012) (LINK)

  7. Xu YL, Sun JG, Wu FB & Xi YM. Investigation of characteristics of feather follicle stem cells and their regeneration potential. J Stemcells & Regenerative Medicin 7, 69-74 (2011) (LINK)

  8. Yang J, Cao C, Wang W, Tong X, Shi D, Wu F, Zheng Q, Guo C, Pan Z, Gao C & Wang J. Proliferation and osteogenesis of immortalized bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in porous polylactic glycolic acid scaffolds under perfusion culture. J Biomed Mater Res A, 92, 817-829 (2010) (LINK)

  9. Xu Y, Yu M, Wu F, Sun J, Wood C, Hattori MA, Wang J & Xi Y. Effects of ectopic expression of human telomerase reverse transcriptase on immortalization of feather keratinocyte stem cells. J Exp Zool B (Mol Dev Evol) 312, 872-884 (2009) (LINK)

2010 - present

2010 - present

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