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The Simulation of Open Engineered Biological Systems

The Simulation of Open Engineered Biological Systems

A scalable simulation of microbial communities for use across many industrial sectors.

Title: A New Frontier in Design: The Simulation of Open Engineered Biological Systems

Description: This project aims to develop a flexible, efficient, and open source software for simulating the 3D dynamics of microbial communities. The tool is based on the Individual-based Modelling (IbM) approach, where microbes are represented as discrete units and their behaviour changes over time due to a variety of processes. This approach allows us to study population behaviours that emerge from the interaction between individuals and their environment.

Furthermore, we also investigate the rheology and biophysics of biofilms using rheometer.

Project dates: 28 Oct 2013- 31 Aug. 2019

Project leaders: Professor Nick Wright, Professor Tom Curtis, Dr. Jinju Chen, and other colleagues from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computing, Statistics, Biology,  Chemical Engineering. 

Staff: Dr. Yasmine Ammar, Dr. Saikat Jana, Dr. Jayathilake Pahala Gedara.

Sponsors: EPSRC

Partners: Northumbrian Water Group plc