An optical tweezers setup is being constructed to trap and manipulate Staphylococcus epidermidis. As a preliminary step, the capabilities of the optical trap were tested using small latex spheres (1-3 um) in place of bacteria. Further studies will include manipulation of bacteria to compare adhesion forces between planktonic and biofilm bacteria.
Kim, Esther, "Utilization of Optical Tweezers for the Trapping and Manipulation of 1-3 um Polystyrene Latex Particles and Planktonic Staphylococcus epidermidis" (2002). Senior Research Projects. 54.