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Mr Om Patange

Mr Om Patange

Research Assistant/Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100 (SLCU Reception)


I am interested in investigating questions across a wide breadth of physical and biological phenomena, from the scale of atoms to the scale of ecologies. In my current research, I am using single cell techniques to investigate the detailed behaviour of a synthetic genetic circuit. We are using the circuit to produce spatial domains of gene expression in microcolonies of bacteria that are orders of magnitude larger than the bacteria.

I recently finished my PhD in James Locke’s group studying stochastic gene expression in E. coli. Prior to joining the Locke Group, I was an intern in Jim Haseloff’s group in the University of Cambridge's Department of Plant Sciences working with Paul Grant on synthetic spatial patterning using E. coli. I have returned to this project as a Research Associate in the Locke Group and in collaboration with Microsoft Research. My undergraduate education was in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, after which I completed a Master's in Physics in the field of experimental quantum information with David Cory, also at Waterloo.

Key Publications

O. Patange, C. Schwall, M. Jones, C. Villava, D. A. Griffith, A. Phillips, J. C. W. Locke, “Escherichia coli can survive stress by noisy growth modulation,” Nature Communications, 9, 5333, 2018.

P. K. Grant, N. Dalchau, J. R. Brown, F. Federici, T. J. Rudge, B. Yordanov, O. Patange, A. Phillips, J. Haseloff, “Orthogonal intercellular signalling for programmed spatial behaviour,” Molecular Systems Biology12, 849, 2016.

P. Gumann, O. Patange, C. Ramanathan, H. Haas, O. Moussa, M. L. W. Thewalt, H. Riemann, N. V. Abrosimov, P. Becker, H.-J. Pohl, K. M. Itoh, and D. G. Cory, "Inductive Measurement of Optically Hyperpolarized Phosphorous Donor Nuclei in an Isotopically Enriched Silicon-28 Crystal," Physical Review Letters113, 267604, 2014.

N. Sarkar, R. R. Mansour, O. Patange, and K. Trainor, “CMOS-MEMS Atomic Force Microscope,” in Solid-state Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference (TRANSDUCERS), 2011 16th International, 2011, pp. 2610-2613.

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