SEM false-colored image showing Escherichia coli cells (purple) and the programmed protein nanofiber network (in yellow) produced by the cells. This extracellular biomaterial can be programmed for a wide range of desired functions, such as adhesion to specific surfaces, engineered biomineralization, and covalent enzyme immobilization. The SEM image of my sample was acquired at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard http://www.cns.fas.harvard.edu/ and the wood-textured background is from http://www.deviantart.com/art/Black-Background-Set-161870450.
From the Harvard Gazette article:
"Harvard team lays foundation for using biofilms to create self-healing materials and other technologies."
A Youtube video presenting the aspects of the BIND technology. Kudos to Seth Kroll, Kristin M. Kusek, and Lei Jin for putting together the media content and the fantastic animations!
This work was supported by the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
The Wyss (pronounced "Veese") Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses Nature's design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.