Portrait of Nuris Figueroa Morales
Assistant Professor
Physics

Research Interests

My lab studies the complex interactions between microorganisms and their environment. Using tools of microfluidics and quantitative video microscopy, we investigate the transport of microorganisms in complex environments, like viscoelastic and anisotropic liquids, and complex geometries. Undergraduate research, PhD and Postdoctoral positions are available in the lab for working on problems for preventing microorganism-borne medical conditions, developing novel live materials and utilizing microorganisms for cleaning the environment. If interested, please reach out by email.

Selected publications

  1. N. Figueroa-Morales, R. Soto, G. Junot, T. Darnige, C. Douarche, V. Martinez, A. Lindner, and E. Clément, “3D spatial exploration by E. coli echoes motor temporal variability,” Phys. Rev. X, vol 10, no. 2, p. 021004, 2020.
  2. N. Figueroa-Morales, A. Rivera, R. Soto, A. Lindner, E. Altshuler, and E. Clément, “E. coli "super-contaminates" narrow ducts fostered by broad run-time distribution,” Science Advances, vol. 6, no. 11, eaay0155, 2020.
  3. N. Figueroa-Morales, L. Dominguez-Rubio, T. L. Ott, and I. S. Aranson, “Mechanical shear controls bacterial penetration in mucus,” Scientific reports, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 9713, 2019.
  4. A. J. Mathijssen, N. Figueroa-Morales, G. Junot, É. Clément, A. Lindner, and A. Zöttl, “Oscillatory surface rheotaxis of swimming E. coli bacteria,” Nature communications, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 3434, 2019.
  5. N. Figueroa-Morales, G. L. Mino, A. Rivera, R. Caballero, E. Clément, E. Altshuler, and A. Lindner, “Living on the edge: transfer and traffic of E. coli in a confined flow,” Soft matter, vol. 11, no. 31, pp. 6284–6293, 2015.