Interlock Media invited me to create an animation of bacteria to promote a start-up composting company. My search for information about the different types of bacteria brought me to the work of Dr. Howard Berg at Harvard University.
Dr. Berg’s research on the microbial motor in a flagellated bacillus (such as E.Coli) turned out to be fascinating. The challenge was to visualize how the motor works. To understand this, I made a physical model using styrofoam and coat hangers. The work-in-progress animation will show how the microbe moves moves forward propelled by flagella rotating in a counterclockwise direction, and how it stops when flagella rotate in a clockwise direction. The motion is not yet completely correct. Check back to see the finished animation!