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Jaan Mannik, assistant professor of physics, will present “Physics and Nanotechnology to Study Bacterial Cells” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at this week’s Saturday Morning Physics, a lecture series sponsored by UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Mannik will examine how bacteria play a role in serving ecosystems and form an unseen majority of cells in our body. Physics- and nanotechnology-based experimental methods and theoretical ideas offer new ways to reveal the inner workings of bacteria and how they interact with their environment. This knowledge helps to combat bacterial pathogens and harness these small creatures in new technologies.

Mannik’s lecture will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. with questions and discussion from 11:15 to noon at 307 Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), 1414 Circle Drive. Limited parking will be available in the 11th Street Garage.

For more information about these lectures or to sign up, visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.


Kranti Gunthoti (865-974-5697,