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Tawfeeq, M.T., Voordeckers, K., van den Berg, P., Govers, S.K., Michiels, J., Verstrepen K.J. (2024). Mutational robustness and the role of buffer genes in evolvability. EMBO Journal, 1-14.

doi: 10.1038/s44318-024-00109-1

Steemans, B., Govers, S.K. (2024). Protocol to train a support vector machine for the automatic curation of bacterial cell detections in microscopy images. STAR Protocols, 5 (1), 102868.

doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2024.102868

Govers, S.K., Campos, M., Tyagi, B., Laloux, G., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2024). Apparent simplicity and emergent robustness in the control of the Escherichia coli cell cycle. Cell Systems, 15 (1), 19-36.

doi: 10.1016/j.cels.2023.12.001


Hoes, L., Voordeckers, K., Dok, R., Boeckx, B., Steemans, B., Gopaul, D., Pasero, P., Govers, S.K., Lambrechts, D., Nuyts, S., Verstrepen, K.J. (2023). Ethanol induces replication fork stalling and membrane stress in immortalized laryngeal cells. iScience, 26 (12), 108564.

doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.108564

Mortier, J., Govers, S.K., Cambré, A., Van Eyken, R., Verheul, J., den Blaauwen, T., Aertsen, A. (2023). Protein aggregates act as a deterministic disruptor during bacterial cell size homeostasis. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 80 (12), 1-13.

doi: 10.1007/s00018-023-05002-4

Deghelt, M., Cho, S.H., Govers, S.K., Janssens, A., Dachsbeck, A., Remaut, H., Collet, J-F. (2023). The outer membrane and peptidoglycan layer form a single mechanical device balancing turgor. bioRxiv, 2023.04. 29.538579.

doi: 10.1101/2023.04.29.538579

Del Vecchio, M., Amado, L., Cogan, A.P., Meert, E., Rosseels, J., Franssens, V., Govers, S.K., Winderickx, J., González Montoro, A. (2023). Multiple tethers of organelle contact sites are involved in α-synuclein toxicity in yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell, E23-01-0029.

doi: 10.1091/mbc.E23-01-0029


Wilmaerts, D.Govers, S.K.Michiels J. (2022). Assessing persister awakening dynamics following antibiotic treatment in E. coli. STAR Protocols, 3 (3), 101476. 

doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2022.101476  Open Access


Kaljevic, J., Saaki, T.N., Govers, S.K., Remy, O., van Raaphorst, R., Lamot, T., Laloux, G. (2021). Chromosome choreography during the non-binary cell cycle of a predatory bacterium. Current Biology, 31 (17), 3707-3720.

doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.024 Open Access

Xiang, Y., Surovtsev, I., Chang, Y., Govers, S.K., Parry, B.R., Liu, J., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2021). Interconnecting solvent quality, transcription, and chromosome folding in Escherichia coli. Cell, 184 (14), 3626-3642.

doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.05.037


Govers, S.K., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2020). Caulobacter crescentus: model system extraordinaire. Current Biology, 30 (19), R1151-R1158.

doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.07.033


Mortier, J.*, Tadesse, W.*, Govers, S.K.*, Aertsen, A. (2019). Stress-induced protein aggregates shape population heterogeneity in bacteria. Current Genetics, 65 (4), 865-869.

doi: 10.1007/s00294-019-00947-1 Open Access

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Jutras, B.L., Lochhead, R.B., Kloos, Z.A., Biboy, J., Strle, K., Booth, C.J., Govers, S.K., Gray, J., Schumann, P., Vollmer, W., Bockenstedt, L.K., Steere, A.C., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2019). Borrelia burgdorferi peptidoglycan is a persistent antigen in patients with Lyme arthritis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (27), 13498-13507.

doi: 10.1073/pnas.1904170116 Open Access

Gray, W.T.*, Govers, S.K.*, Xiang, Y., Parry, B.R., Campos, M., Kim, S., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2019). Nucleoid size scaling and intracellular organization of translation across bacteria. Cell, 177 (6), 1632-1648.

doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.017

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Cerulus, B.*, Jariani, A.*, Perez-Samper, G., Vermeersch, L., Pietsch, J.M J., Crane, M.M., New, A.M., Gallone, B., Roncoroni, M., Dzialo, M.C., Govers, S.K., Hendrickx, J.O., Galle, E., Coomans, M., Berden, P., Verbandt, S., Swain, P.S., Verstrepen, K.J. (2018). Transition between fermentation and respiration determines history-dependent behavior in fluctuating carbon sources. Elife, 7, e39234.

doi: 10.7554/eLife.39234 Open Access

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Passaris, I., Cambre, A., Govers, S.K., Aertsen, A. (2018). Bimodal Expression of the Salmonella Typhimurium spv Operon. Genetics, 210 (2), 621-635. doi: 10.1534/genetics.118.300822 Open Access

Govers, S.K., Mortier, J., Adam, A., Aertsen, A. (2018). Protein aggregates encode epigenetic memory of stressful encounters in individual Escherichia coli cells. PLoS Biology, 16 (8), e2003853.

doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003853 Open Access

Campos, M., Govers, S.K., Irnov, I., Dobihal, G.S., Cornet, F., Jacobs-Wagner, C. (2018). Genomewide phenotypic analysis of growth, cell morphogenesis, and cell cycle events in Escherichia coli. Molecular Systems Biolgoy, 14 (6), e7573.

doi: 10.15252/msb.20177573 Open Access


Gayán, E., Govers, S.K., Aertsen, A. (2017). Impact of high hydrostatic pressure on bacterial proteostasis. Biophysical Chemistry, 231, 3-9.

doi: 10.1016/j.bpc.2017.03.005 Open Access

Govers, S., Gayán, E., Aertsen, A. (2017). Intracellular movement of protein aggregates reveals heterogeneous inactivation and resuscitation dynamics in stressed populations of Escherichia coli. Environmental Microbiology, 19 (2), 511-523.

doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13460 Open Access

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Govers, S., Adam, A., Blockeel, H., Aertsen, A. (2017). Rapid phenotypic individualization of bacterial sister cells. Scientific Reports, 7 (1), 8473.

doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08660-0 Open Access


Rodríguez-Rubio, L., Chang, W-L., Gutiérrez, D., Lavigne, R., Martínez, B., Rodríguez, A., Govers, S.K., Aertsen, A., Hirl, C., Biebl, M., Briers, Y., García, P. (2016). 'Artilysation' of endolysin λSa2lys strongly improves its enzymatic and antibacterial activity against streptococci. Scientific Reports, 6, 35382.

doi: 10.1038/srep35382 Open Access

Defraine, V., Schuermans, J., Grymonprez, B., Govers, S.K., Aertsen, A., Fauvart, M., Michiels, J., Lavigne, R., Briers, Y. (2016). Efficacy of Artilysin® Art-175 against resistant and persistent Acinetobacter baumannii. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 60 (6), 3480-3488.

doi: 10.1128/AAC.00285-16 Open Access

Gayán, E., Govers, S.K., Michiels, C., Aertsen, A. (2016). Severely heat injured survivors of E. coli O157:H7 ATCC 43888 display variable and heterogeneous stress resistance behavior. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 1845.

doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01845


Govers, S.K., Aertsen, A. (2015). Impact of high hydrostatic pressure processing on individual cellular resuscitation times and protein aggregates in Escherichia coli. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 213, 17-23.

doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.04.039

Cenens, W., Makumi, A., Govers, S., Lavigne, R., Aertsen, A. (2015). Viral transmission dynamics at single-cell resolution reveal transiently immune subpopulations caused by a carrier state association. PLoS Genetics, 11 (12), e1005770.

doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005770


New, A., Cerulus, B., Govers, S.K., Perez, G., Zhu, B., Boogmans, S., Xavier, J., Verstrepen, K. (2014). Different levels of catabolite repression optimize growth in stable and variable environments. PLoS Biology, 12 (1), e1001764. 

doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001764

Govers, S.K., Dutré, P., Aertsen, A. (2014). In vivo disassembly and reassembly of protein aggregates in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology, 196 (13), 2325-2332.

doi: 10.1128/JB.01549-14

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Vanlint, D., Rutten, N., Govers, S.K., Michiels, C., Aertsen, A. (2013). Exposure to high hydrostatic pressure rapidly selects for increased RpoS activity and general stress-resistance in Escherichia coli O157:H7. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 163 (1), 28-33.

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