Membrane Transport in Living Systems

Pagliara Group

Pagliara's Group

Research Overview

Our research is focused on understanding how microbial cells interact with their environment both as a community and as individual cells with an emphasis of membrane transporter regulation. Besides standard microbiology techniques and omics approaches, we develop bespoke microfluidic devices that enable to accurately control the microenvironment surrounding the cells and perform a series of functional assays on the very same individual cell. This allows us to shed light on the physiology of rare subpopulations of cells that are generally hidden in ensemble measurements on clonal populations. We apply the technology we develop for collaborative studies on antimicrobial resistance, bacterial physiology, ageing in unicellular organisms and stem cell differentiation.

Recent publications

  1. M. B. Stie, M. Corezzi, A. D. J. Bombin, F. Ajalloueian, E. Attrill, S. Pagliara, J. Jacobsen, I. S. Chronakis, H. M. Nielsen, V. Foderà
    Waterborne Electrospinning of Alpha-lactalbumin Generates Tunable and Biocompatible Nanofibers for Drug Delivery
    ACS Applied Nano Materials 3, 1910 (2020) [Link][PDF]
  2. I. E. Kepiro, I. Marzuoli, K. Hammond, X. Ba, H. Lewis, M. Shaw, S. B. Gunnoo, E. De Santis, U. Łapińska, S. Pagliara, M. A. Holmes, C. D. Lorenz, B. W. Hoogenboom, F. Fraternali, M. G. Ryadnov
    Engineering Chirally Blind Protein Pseudo-Capsids into Antibacterial Persisters
    ACS Nano (2020) [Link][PDF]
  3. U. Łapińska, G. Glover, P. Capilla-Lasheras, A. J. Young, S. Pagliara
    Bacterial ageing in the absence of external stressors
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374, 20180442 (2019) [Link][PDF]
  4. T. A. Richards, R. Massana, S. Pagliara, N. Hall
    Single cell ecology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374, 20190076 (2019) [Link][PDF]
  5. A. Smith, J. Metz, S. Pagliara
    MMHelper: An automated framework for the analysis of microscopy images acquired with the mother machine
    Scientific reports, 9, 1 (2019) [Link][PDF]
  6. R. B. Morrish, M. Hermes, J. Metz, N. Stone, S. Pagliara, R. Chahwan, F. Palombo
    Single cell imaging of nuclear architecture changes
    Frontiers in cell and developmental biology, 7, 141 (2019) [Link][PDF]


  • 8-Mar-2020: Well done Ka Kiu for securing an LSI PhD studentship to work on the mechanisms underlying antibiotic accumulation in bacteria
  • 26-Feb-2020: Amazing experience giving a talk at the School of Biosciences and Medicine at the University of Surrey
  • 13-Feb-2020: Our work on antimicrobial resistance together with the National Physical Laboratory was reported by The Times