LA-ARB-1: A Magnetotactic Bacterium

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2000 – 2001
  • Nancy Hamlett
  • Alexander Rudolph

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Clinic team investigated various behavior aspects of a novel magnetotactic bacterium, LA-ARB-1.  Aerotaxis, phototaxis, motility, and viability studies were the focus of the team’s investigations.  Results from their work contribute to a better understanding of how LA-ARB-1 uses its internal structure to take advantage of its unique environment.

The Physics Clinic program presents opportunities for students to work on practical projects relevant to industrial work. Students work on teams of 3–5 on a sponsored research or development project.