Biointerfaces Institute Mcmaster University
Work in the Elliot lab focusses on Streptomyces bacteria. These soil bacteria have a remarkable multicellular life cycle, and produce an incredibly array of specialized metabolites that include most naturally-derived antibiotics. In order to fully exploit the metabolic potential of Streptomyces, it is critical that we understand how they grow, how they interact with other microbes, and how they control their metabolism. In studying these fascinating bacteria, we employ a range of bioinformatics, biochemical, cell-biological, genetic and post-genomic technologies.